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HIV testing for A/L, university students

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University and GCE Advanced Level students will be tested for HIV and all other diseases in future, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne informed Parliament today.

He said this while responding to question asked by opposition MP Dallas Allhaperuma and pointed out that this step was taken as a means of controlling the spread of AIDs in the country.

The minister said 191 HIV positive cases have been detected up to October this year. He said 228 cases were detected in 2014 compared to 196 in 2013 while 182 cases were detected in 2012 has been 182.

Nearly 6,300 cases of HIV had been detected up to October 30 this year. However, he said there might be several unreported cases.

"There has been unreported cases because some may have been infected without their knowledge while there may be others who are aware of their infection but not willing to come out into the open because of social stigma.

The minister said 71 cases of children under nine years of age, seven cases between the ages of 10 to 14 and 13 cases between the ages of 15 to 19 have been found to be suffering with HIV. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 21

  • Domiya Monday, 07 December 2015 05:27 PM

    Dear Saman,Stop making comments like a frog in a pond. Please read the BBC/CNN news as it has been found based on recent research, that HIV among young adults in asia has become a rising social concern over the past decade or so.

    Henry Monday, 07 December 2015 06:17 PM

    Looks another Mervin Silva?

    lokka Monday, 07 December 2015 06:19 PM

    while the do testing HIV provide them condom as well

    MP Monday, 07 December 2015 01:35 PM

    Dr how about HIV test for all the MPs and Ministers

    melda Monday, 07 December 2015 01:52 PM

    doing everything except what is under his portfolio via DM Android App

    Jimmy Monday, 07 December 2015 01:49 PM

    Is there a commission involved? and its a violation of HR. Get your Son to take the test first.

    ANTON Monday, 07 December 2015 02:08 PM

    I THINK HIS SON SHOULD BE TESTED FIRST.

    ranferdi Monday, 07 December 2015 02:37 PM

    Sex Education must be compulsory..

    DHA Monday, 07 December 2015 02:54 PM

    Definitely has to be done from the top to bottom...

    DHA Monday, 07 December 2015 02:55 PM

    Haaaaaa....Good one Melda

    saman Monday, 07 December 2015 03:03 PM

    Enjoy the My3 era people!

    Sene Monday, 07 December 2015 04:06 PM

    Why does these dumb MR supporters always make dumb comments? AIDS is a very big problems

    PPP Monday, 07 December 2015 04:07 PM

    AIDS is on the rise among students due to lack of SexEd and Condoms

    The God Father Monday, 07 December 2015 04:07 PM

    probably doing a market research to come out with a new condom brand.

    Pramod Fernando Monday, 07 December 2015 04:25 PM

    First of all, you do the test Mr Rajitha and show us the report. Then we will follow you - Uni Boy

    Ranjani Monday, 07 December 2015 04:32 PM

    First implement the new national drug policy!

    puncha Monday, 07 December 2015 04:32 PM

    How much commission on testing

    Dedunu Monday, 07 December 2015 04:55 PM

    Check all A/L and University students for dental hygiene; you can also participate as a specialist.

    janith Monday, 07 December 2015 05:00 PM

    people should praise these kind of initiatives which look at the reality and appreciate the effort been taken (even the smallest possible) to control these kind of diseases. in my opinion you need to come out of this fantasy of blaming everything on the government and take some responsibility as a citizen of the country. But may be you might never get this to your head that you could also be a victim of this disease. but then I hope you will still blame this on the government... :D

    NAF Monday, 07 December 2015 05:01 PM

    YES its good his son going under age girls better to start testing

    b Monday, 07 December 2015 05:11 PM

    How is HIV testing not under Health?


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