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Government budgets millions for high risk HIV groups

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 4:58 AM

The government has set aside more than $361 million for the continuation of a project which promotes safer sex practices among high risk groups for HIV transmission.

The government will receive support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the project, which is scheduled to end next year.

The high risk groups for HIV transmission include gays, female sex workers and HIV positive adults and children.

More than 6,000 HIV-positive adults and children will receive clinical assessment, blood count or viral load tests and more than 1,000 adults and children are set to receive antiretroviral treatment under the project.

The project, which will be implemented by the health ministry, also seeks to increase safer sex practices and improve attitudes and behaviours among the high risk groups.