THERE is a general lack of understanding of HIV and AIDS, says President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Addressing students of Tavua District High School and Tavua College yesterday, he said despite efforts to address increasing statistics, people seemed to lack basic knowledge and understanding of the global disease.
While he highlighted the value of contraception in reducing HIV statistics, he also urged students to concentrate on their studies and their future.
He said some challenges health officials faced included the low number of people testing voluntarily, data collection, stigma and discrimination and low condom usage.
"There are quite a few challenges that our Health Ministry is facing regarding HIV and AIDS and one is data collection," said Ratu Epeli.