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School Children Tested HIV Positive

2014 Dec 01

By Indika Sri Aravinda

As Sri Lanka joins the world to observe World AIDS Day tomorrow, statistics have revealed that several The National STD/AIDS Control Programme said that 20 children had been identified this year as being HIV positive.

Director of the programme, Sisira Liyanage told The Sunday Leader that a survey had found that some school children had contracted HIV as a result of having unsafe sex.

He said that other ways in which the deadly disease had been transmitted to children was by way of mothers who are HIV positive.

Overall, in Sri Lanka between 1997 and September 2014 health officials have identified 2,014 people with HIV of which 331 patients had died.

The survey had also found that there are between 15,000 – 20,000 prostitutes in Sri Lanka who are another cause for the spread of AIDS.

December 1 is commemorated as World AIDS Day and the theme for this year is ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.’

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