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01 July 2013

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Always a high feeling when you prove the experts (& doomsayers) wrong.

This is good news but data integrity is questionable. The only improvement we see is in ART coverage (based on estimate from ANC data estimation/projection).

We are not seeing a reduction or halt in new HIV cases. The PNG epidemic is technically still generalised due to the mode of transmission (mostly heterosexual), therefore, making it more difficult to target prevention programs).

There is no or little evidence of mode of transmission through IDUs MSMs to say it is concentrated in specific sector of the community.

There are serious issues about data, its quality and how it is interpreted in PNG, especially surveillance data. The recent IBBS (whenever it is done) will provide better data for HIV in PNG.

There is less evidence or none indicating night clubs, highlands highway and sex workers (transactional sex). E.g. if you look at WHP, the province with highest recorded HIV cases, there is no evidence suggesting transactional sex.

This is good news about AIDS. It was great to hear that Susu Mamas are still going strong and playing a part in the battle.

The new battlegtound is the fight against tuberculosis.

This is a good news for PNG. At least there are signs of positive progress in the war against this dreaded virus.

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