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Drop in HIV/AIDS cases in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has recorded a drop in the number of HIV/AIDS positive cases in comparison with the rise in the disease in other South Asian countries, the Global Fund said in a media report, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

The Fund said the programme implemented in Sri Lanka this year to control HIV/AIDS had reported considerable progress.

A delegation led by Blanca Gil Antunano, Global Fund Portfolio Manager, South East Asia, was in Sri Lanka recently to inspect the progress of this initiative.

She held discussions with Sri Lanka's Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne and pledged assistance for the government's fight against HIV/AIDS.

Sri Lanka's National STD Eradication Unit recently said the majority of victims infected with HIV/AIDS in the country were between the age group of 25 to 45.

The Health Ministry said that the spread of the disease was due to the tourism industry, use of drugs, homosexual behaviour and immigration.

Over 228 people were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka in 2014. The Global Fund is an international organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. – Xinhua