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Tuvalu Seafarers the focus of HIV prevention

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated May 26, 2010 16:17:44

Despite its remoteness, Tuvalu has not been spared from H-I-V and AIDS. Three men have died of HIV-related illnesses since 2004 and eight people are known to be living with the virus in Tuvalu. With a population of under 10-thousand that means Tuvalu has one of the highest per capita rates of H-I-V in the Pacific. The majority of those with H-I-V are seafarers, who contracted the virus while working overseas on ships. One woman caught the virus from her seafarer husband, she then transmitted the virus to her baby.

Presenter: Kate McPherson
Speakers: Tao Tao Homasi, Nurse, Tuvalu Family Health Association; Fepulai Kitiseni, Secretary General, Tuvalu Overseas Seamen's Union; Dr Stephen Mafoa Kaimoko Homasi, Officer in charge, Tuvalu National AIDS Committee

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