SIXTY-TWO new HIV/AIDS cases were detected in the country last year.
These new cases brings the number of HIV/AIDS in the country since 1989 to 482 so far.
This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health yesterday.
Health Minister Doctor Neil Sharma said HIV/AIDS in Fiji had come a long way and the ministry's response to HIV/AIDS had progressed significantly.
"The rise in the number of cases for the country could mean a lot of things," he said.
"People are getting confident and educated well enough to make the right decision in regards to testing and treatment."
Dr Sharma said statistics indicated that more people were coming out to be tested.
"Majority of the cases were detected from the Central Division.
"The age category for HIV remains dominant in the younger population between the age of 19-30 and they come from all facets of life."
Dr Sharma has urged parents to speak openly about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and to teach children to refrain from having unprotected sex.