Our second health lesson at STEP was about HIV and AIDS. We spent a whole day learning about the disease and then producing posters and other materials in tok ples to be used in the village. There are a lot of common misconceptions in PNG about HIV, and stigmatization of those affected is a big problem.
Here are a few statistics about HIV in Papua New Guinea:
- In 2008, about 2% of the population was HIV positive. It’s estimated that by 2012 , 5% (one in 20) will be infected.
- Papua New Guinea has the highest infection rate out of the whole Pacific region.
- While previously infection was concentrated in urban areas, there is now a higher infection rate in rural areas.
Here is the poster that Jecobeth did, illustrating the statistic about how the infection rate is expected to increase by 2012:
Matthew’s poster reads “Don’t buy AIDS,” warning those who pay for sex that they may be getting more than they bargained for.
"Don't buy AIDS" is actually an incredibly brilliant campaign presentation
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