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In the month of June, the Ministry of Health, released its 2013 report for the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country and the results were damning. The report showed that over the past three years, the number of new cases of the virus is continuous. The data even showed that there are more men affected with the disease. In Corozal, the Commission of AIDS also conducted a survey last year which brought to light the fact that there has been a slight increase of patients with the virus.

Screen_Shot_2014-09-17_at_8.05.34_PMElmer Cornejo – PR AIDS Commission

“In 2013, I just receive that report, in 2013 there were over 200 cases of new HIV infections, of that if I am not mistaken around 60 or so were new HIV cases that were people under the age of 30.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Now, what is this showing now?”

Elmer Cornejo – PR AIDS Commission

“This is telling me that one either know how the HIV virus is transmitted yet they are not making health criticism or they are not engaging in health practices in order for them not to be HIV positive and the thing is that I might have knowledge that I use a condom in order for me not to become HIV positive but at the time of the time I will not be using a condom because of xyz reasons so there and then I put my health at risk and I put myself really at high risk to becoming a HIV positive person.”

According to Elmer Cornejo, Public Relations Officer for the Commission of Aids in Corozal, anyone interested in getting tested can visit the Corozal Community Hospital where free checks are presently being offered.

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