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29 detected with HIV

Jul 28, 2011

Health officials have detected 29 people with HIV over the last one year, taking the total number of people detected with the virus so far to 246. Of the 29 new cases, 15 are females, 14 are males, and two are minors.

They were detected between July last year and July this year through contact tracing, medical checkups, and blood transfusion.

Ninety percent of the new cases contracted the virus through unsafe sex.

According to a news release from the health ministry, while the HIV prevalence status is low in Bhutan, “there is worrying and growing evidence of high risk behaviour among specific groups.”

It says “casual sex appears to be common among the Bhutanese.” A study revealed that 52 percent of the respondents had multiple sex partners in the last one year before the study was conducted with an average of three partners.

“A substantial proportion of people visiting entertainment venues reported sex with strangers or non-regular partners. Condom use was low and consistent condom use was even lower.”

According to UNAIDS estimation, there are at least 1,000 HIV positive people in Bhutan.

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