03 February 2014 18:24

Three new HIV positive cases concerning young Cypriots were recorded in Cyprus between January 1 and January 20, 2014.
At the same time, six new cases also concerning Cypriots were recorded between December 1 and December 20 last year.
This is what the president of the HIV positive support centre Stella Michaelidou said after the House Health Committee discussed the strategic plan for tackling AIDS last week.
A slight increase of HIV positive cases was recorded among young Cyprus aged 19-30, Michaelidou added.
Expressing concern, Michaelidou said the economic crisis will lead to a further increase of HIV positive cases. She urged the need for more information for the general public.
She believes spiraling unemployment has caused problems to HIV positive individuals, as those who are jobless rely on state benefits but even those in work get low salaries which should be complemented by a social benefit from the state.
She argued that as a result of the economic crisis the number of people who are pushed into prostitution has increased.
The main factors which have led to an increase in cases is dangerous sexual conduct, an increase of drug abuse and population mobility.
Fryni Venardi, president of the charity foundation of the "Gregorios" clinic in Larnaca underlined that HIV positive cases have increased as "information on AIDS has stopped".
Her view is that advertising spots on television are necessary along with frequent information in military camps, schools and lyceums to increase public awareness about AIDS.  


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