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35 HIV cases

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, May 24, 2014

THE Northern Reproductive Health Clinic has recorded a total of 35 known cases of HIV so far.

In his presentation to the students of USP Labasa campus yesterday, Dr Atinesh Prakash said some of them were on medication.

"We have the summary of the HIV cases here in the North and it includes a lot of components," he said.

"To date, the number of patients alive is 35, 18 of who are on anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Four patients are not on ART and two have been transferred to the Suva hub.

He said they were not able to keep track and follow up 13 patients, four new ones had commenced anti-retroviral therapy while four died last year.

He urged people who suspected they had contracted HIV to visit the clinic as early as possible.

"We have patients who are 69 years old and they contracted the virus when they were 30 years old.

"They are still alive and this is because they have responded positively towards medical treatment, healthy diets and good lifestyle."

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