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AIDS – Senegal: a higher prevalence rate among young people (CNLS)

HIV / AIDS infections have declined “everywhere” in Senegal, says the executive secretary of the National AIDS Control Council (CNLS), Dr Safiatou Thiam.

“New infections are falling everywhere in Senegal, except in the age group of young people from nineteen to twenty-four,” she said, quoted by the Senegalese Press Agency. Dr Thiam also reveals that “the prevalence rate is higher in adults”.

This is “due to their lack of knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, tools for the prevention of AIDS”, explains the executive secretary of the CNLS. The situation in Senegal is characterized “by an epidemic which is low in the population of around 0.3% but which is very high in certain high-risk groups”, according to Dr Thiam.

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