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10 new HIV/AIDS cases, three deaths recorded in Brunei this year
Publication Date : 01-12-2013
This year Brunei has recorded 10 new HIV/AIDS cases and three deaths.
On the occassion of World AIDS Day 2013 which falls today, the Ministry of Health in a statement said of the 18 new infections between 2011 and 2012, two-thirds were recorded in men in same-sex relationships.
Despite the low prevalence of HIV in the country, Brunei continues to be affected. As of today, Brunei has recorded 10 new, local HIV cases this year with three recorded deaths, the ministry said.
Deaths and sickness related to HIV are avoidable, provided patients are diagnosed early in order to initiate early treatment and they adhere to their scheduled appointments and medications as directed by their doctor.
In almost all local cases, HIV infection was acquired through unsafe sexual practices.
Out of the 18 new infections recorded in 2011 and 2012, two-thirds were recorded in men who have had same-gendered relations. Despite this, we should be mindful that HIV infections continue to be transmitted through heterosexual relations as well.
The ministry further said that the risk of HIV transmission and other sexually transmitted diseases can be significantly reduced through abstinence and being faithful to your spouse. It is therefore important that we continue to adhere to our Islamic practices and cultural values.
Multi-sectoral partnerships between government and non-government agencies such as the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAC), and in particular their youth wing, Kelab Penyinar, as well as members from the private sector such as Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) emphasise the importance of interventions utilising the efforts of civil society in HIV/AIDS prevention.
The ministry state said that the World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us, as individuals as well as part of the global community, to take the necessary actions to achieve the ultimate goal of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Through continued commitment and prevention efforts by individuals and the community, we can reach the objective of an AIDS-free generation and prevent transmission of the virus.