There are currently 22 HIV-positive cases in the Maldives.
HIV was first detected in the Maldives in 1991. As per HPA statistics, 39 AIDS cases have been recorded in the country since then, as of the end of last year. They are six women and 33 men.
In a statement issued on the occasion of International AIDS Day, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that 15 people have died of HIV in the Maldives until now and that 22 people are receiving treatment for the disease.
Every year, December 1 is celebrated as World AIDS Day. This year, the day will be officially celebrated in the Maldives in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll from December 5 to 12.
HPA said services are available in all hospitals of the Maldives to get tested for HIV. If the result of the routine screen test is positive, further tests will be conducted at IGMH through the National AIDS Programme, said HPA.
HPA's National AIDS Program is responsible for the national planning and implementation of AIDS awareness and prevention activities. The program also includes facilitating the treatment of people with the disease.