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HIV rate worrying, but stabilising
Sunday 13 March 2005
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ERITREA: HIV rate worrying, but stabilising

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JOHANNESBURG, 25 October (PLUSNEWS) - Although low compared to other African countries, Eritrea's more than two percent national HIV prevalence rate is still cause for concern, according to Dominique Mathiot, a UNAIDS country programme adviser.

"We are worried by this rate because above one percent means the epidemic is generalised. The rate for pregnant women here is above five percent and in any country the HIV prevalence rate can, within three years, increase from two to 12 percent," Mathiot said.

However, he noted that the prevalence rate had fallen from 2.8 percent in 2001 to 2.4 last year as a result of increased free, anonymous HIV testing, prevention campaigns and limited cross-border mobility, which had helped to control the spread of the HI virus.



Recent ERITREA Reports
Gov't says HIV prevalence stabilising,  21/Oct/04
Focus - Eritrea tackles AIDS,  10/Jul/02
UN peacekeepers providing AIDS awareness training,  4/Jun/02
Focus on rapid expansion of HIV/AIDS,  9/May/02
UN initiative targets HIV/AIDS among soldiers,  18/Oct/01
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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