Published On: Sat, Jun 29th, 2013

HIV/AIDS: 89 cases reported for the first four months of 2013



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hiv aids1 300x225 HIV/AIDS: 89 cases reported for the first four months of 201389 new HIV/AIDS cases have been reported for the first four months of 2013. This is an average of 89 new cases monthly compared to 45 between 2006 and 2010 and 27 cases in 2012.

Six years after the introduction of an alternative Methadone Treatment and Needle Exchange Programme, the number of new HIV/AIDS cases has decreased steadily.

On Wednesday, Lormus Bundhoo, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life said on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that methadone treatment has been successful to prevent HIV/AIDS infections.

There is currently 6000 drug addicts seeking Methadone treatment in the 17 centres around Mauritius and in Beau Bassin prison.

The Ministry of Health also provides treatments consisting of codeine and Benzodiazepine pills.

According to an official estimate, there is between 11,000 and 15,000 drug addicts in Mauritius. 75% of them inject drugs.

Drug injection is one of the main cause for HIV/AIDS outbreak and other blood infection through the exchange of needles in Mauritius.

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