THE number of new HIV/AIDS cases in the country is on the rise again, says the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Ratu Epeli made the comments while addressing students of Kalabu Secondary School in Nasinu yesterday.
He revealed that the number of new HIV cases had dropped in 2010 but this rose again in 2011 and after examining data for the first six months of last year, he is adamant that the number of new HIV cases was definitely on the rise again.
The statistics revealed that in 2009 the number of new HIV cases recorded was 43 but this decreased the following year with only 33 new cases recorded.
In 2011, the number jumped again with 53 new HIV cases recorded and in the first six months of last year, 30 new cases were recorded.
Ratu Epeli said the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic should start at home where parents should take the time to talk about the issue with their children.
Statistics revealed that Fiji recorded its first HIV case in 1989, and in total has recorded 415 HIV/AIDS cases.
Ratu Epeli, who has embarked on a tour of schools around the country, revealed these statistics when he visited several schools in the Nasinu and Nausori areas in the past two weeks.
He visited Dilkusha High School, Lelean Memorial School, Kalabu Secondary and numerous other schools in the past few weeks.