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Monday, November 22

HIV infection high among children in orphanages

Kaieteur News: "The prevalence of HIV infection appears to be higher in Guyana’s orphanages than in the wider society, a survey by the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) has revealed.
But NAPS, and Child Protection Unit and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, are exploring the possibilities of effectively dealing with this issue.
During the third Guyana Medical Scientific Conference yesterday, it was revealed that HIV testing was carried out at 23 children’s homes across Guyana. Five hundred and seventy-nine orphans were tested out of the 620 reached.
The testing age varied between, one year to 20 years, with the mean age of 10 years old. According to the researchers, of the 579 children that were tested, 25 of them were found to be HIV positive.
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