16, September 2017
According to estimates by the National AIDS Committee, Cameroon is recording approximately 38,000-53,000 new HIV infections each year. Cameroon Concord News understands that 620, 000 people are living with HIV in Cameroon. Since 2004, the trend in prevalence has been marked by a downward trend, from 5.5% to 4.3% in 2011 in the population aged 15-49, with a peak between 35-39 years (8 , 1%).
Given that the HIV epidemic is more urban (4.8 per cent) than rural (3.8 per cent), and that current control strategies are cost-effective in a context of scarce and increasing resources, the Yaounde regime is considering boosting communication to people aged 15-49 and particularly for those who are developing risky behaviours. One of the goals is to reduce the incidence of HIV in the population aged 15-49 by at least 50%.
Health official say to achieve this, a relevant and well-targeted communication strategy must be developed, taking into account already identified risk behaviors: poor or ignorant girls who have unprotected sex with men who are generally older and have financial power, multiplicity of partners among girls and boys, homosexual swinging, etc.
Yaounde also noted that the increased use by young people of phones to quickly exchange messages and images through Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Viber, etc., is a new facort to be integrated inevitably into the campaign to eradicate virus.
Cameroon Concord News