GOVERNMENT has raised concern about the four cases of HIV recorded by the Ministry of Health in a village on an outer island in the Western Division.
This, after the Health Ministry said it would not conduct compulsory testing on villagers who were suspected to be carrying the virus but have refused to be tested.
Health spokesman Shalvin Deo said the ministry was working closely with other concerned authorities to address the matter.
"We cannot do compulsory testing unless the court gives an order for us to do so," he said.
"We can't as the law doesn't allow us to. The decree is pretty clear on that one."
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said various measures had been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Health Ministry earlier confirmed that four villagers were tested positive with HIV while another 40 believed to be HIV positive were still at large at the said village.
Cdr Cawaki said numerous visits, tests and awareness campaigns had been conducted with the villagers to address the issue.
He said the fight against HIV was different from other sickness and disease outbreaks where a state of emergency could be placed on suspected villages.
"HIV is not like typhoid and dengue where the government can step in to force villagers to be checked and tested. The HIV decree in place protects the victim's identity and confidentiality, therefore, we cannot force anyone to be tested."