HIV testing campaign targets 4000 youths

The AUE dance group will be among other local artists who will be raising awareness on HIV testing at the Test4KFJ Music Concert on December 1.

FIJI’S Ministry of Health and Medical Services will be launching a HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing campaign next month targeting 4000 young people around the country.

The testing campaign will run until June 30, 2019, culminating National HIV Testing Day.

The ministry, under its Family Health Unit, will launch the campaign during World AIDS Day celebration on December 1 with the theme “KNOW YOUR HIV STATUS”.

The campaign has stemmed from concerns on the HIV epidemic in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services’ website, incidences of HIV have increased over the last 25 years from 0.7 to 7 per 100,000 population in Fiji.

This could be due to better diagnosis and reporting of cases, but may also reflect a true increase in the number of cases.

The World AIDS Day celebration, which will be held at Suva’s Ratu Sukuna Park, will be marked with a Test4KFJ Music Concert featuring local artists such as Laisa Vulakoro, TUA and The Hope Fiji Band, AUE dance group, Kula Kei Uluivuya including Mickey Niurua.

The artists have partnered with the ministry in raising awareness about the importance of knowing one’s status and calling for the removal of all barriers to accessing HIV testing.

The concert will start at 1pm and end at around 5pm.

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