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Businesses urged to save staff from HIV

PNG’S BUSINESS COALITION against HIV and AIDS (BAHA) says it can cost employers as little as 250 dollars a year to save the life of an employee with HIV.

The Business Coalition says HIV is taking a much bigger toll in PNG than official figures suggest. It says the latest evidence shows some villages in the Highlands have a 50% infection rate.

The Coalition's CEO, Rod Mitchell, says the private sector has a big role to play in limiting the damage from HIV/AIDS.

Mr Mitchell says an anti-retroviral drug costs $250 a year to save an employee’s life.

The drug works effectively on women who have been raped if taken within the 72 hours. The drug is being provided by various hospitals free of cost. It is a 30-day course and once the course in completed, the raped women will be free from the grasp of HIV.

It has come to light that among pregnant mothers, the HIV infection rate is 5 to 7%. Mr Mitchell has urged his employees to give the anti-retroviral drug to their staff in order to control the wide spread of HIV.

He further said that the private sector has a big role to play in limiting the damage from HIV/AIDS. He said that employers should discuss the issue with their employees.

Source: Radio Australia and Top News Network, New Zealand




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