The Youth and HIV Forum was held at the Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, sponsored by the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, in order to raise awareness and speak to young people about this issue.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel SidebA, attended the forum, accompanied by the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Salomon Nguema Owono. Furthermore, it was also attended by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Candido Nsue Okomo, and the Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Consuelo Ondo Nzang.
The aim of the forum, in which students from public schools in Malabo took part, was to pass on information regarding the prevalence and increase in infections within the 15 to 25 age group, especially among girls.
During the meeting, the statistics on the situation regarding the illness in our country were presented, both for those living with the illness, and those recently infected.
In Equatorial Guinea, those with HIV/AIDS, according to UNAIDS estimations, number 36,621, of whom 25,842 are adults from 25-49; 2,465 are children from 0-14; 1,300 are boys from 15-24, and 2,500 are girls from 15-24.
The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is releasing 6,434.300 Dollars every year in order to provide free medication for those infected with HIV/AIDS.
The UNAIDS Executive Director commended and praised the efforts of the Government in attending to the well-being of those infected, highlighting the efforts of the First Lady to provide a better future for Equatoguinean youth.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea