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Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:04 - Updated Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:03

Over 650 HIV/AIDS positive cases reported in Cunene

Ondjiva - At least 650 new HIV/AIDS positive cases were diagnosed in the first half of this year in the Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centres (CATV) in the province of Cunene, an additional 33 cases compared to the same period in 2019.

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The information was provided Tuesday in Ondjiva, by Octávio Chihepo, supervisor of the HIV epidemiological surveillance programme in Cunene, pointing out that the positive cases resulted from the 22,494 tests carried out, compared to 17,97 of the previous year.

He said that of the tests carried out, 10,191 were women, of whom 157 were diagnosed positive and 134 pregnant women were included in the programme for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission for medical follow-up.

Octávio Chihepo said that the sector and partners in the fight against AIDS continue to raise awareness among the population, with the distribution of pamphlets containing information on the testing and treatment of the disease.

Since 2004, the province of Cunene has been monitoring more than 76,000 patients living with HIV/AIDS, assisted in 29 health units with antiretroviral treatment services.

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