Cameroon – Fight Against HIV/AIDS: Prevalence Rate Within Military Drops To 3.3%

Par Kiven B. NSODZEFE | Cameroon-Info.Net
YAOUNDE - 20-Jul-2019 - 13h05   1389                      
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A survey on HIV prevalence rate amongst Cameroon’s defense forces, has shown that soldiers have become more cautious about the disease, as results indicate there have been a decline by 3.3%, a lower prevalence rate than that of the national territory which stands at 3.6%.

The statistics were revealed during a ceremony on Thursday, chaired by the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defense in charge of Veterans and Victims of War, Koumpa Issa.

The survey carried out in 2018, in collaboration with the Directorate of Military Health at the Ministry of Defense, also showed a decline from 2005, when the prevalence rate stood at 11.3%, in 2011 it witnessed a decline to 6% and in 2018, it stands at 3.3%.

 The study that was carried out between July and August also indicates that HIV prevalence is highest amongst Non Commissioned officers with an infection rate of 4.6%. It revealed Officers are were at 2.6% while those with ranks are at the bottom of the chart with a 2.4% prevalence rate.

However, the prevalence rate amongst male personnel of the Ministry stands at 3.3%, lower that that of their female counterpart which is at 3.4%.

Koumpa Issa, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defense in charge of Veterans and Victims of War, Koumpa Issa, announced that 90% of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, have been put under effective antiretroviral drugs and their viral replication rate has reduced to 90%.

This is inline with national and international norms for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

 

 

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