The results of a survey on HIV seroprevalence and behavioural risk carried out within Cameroon’s Defence Forces in 2018 indicates a 3.3 prevalence rate lower than the national average of 3.6%.
The statistics that were unveiled this Thursday, 18th July 2018 during a ceremony presided over by the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of Veterans and Victims of War, Koumpa Issa also indicates a consistent declined from 2005 when the rate hit 11.3%.
Statistics on HIV prevalence
In 2002, the prevalence rate stood at 9.8%,
2005, it climbed to 11.3%
2011 it dropped to 6%
2018 in declined again to 3.3%
The prevalence rate amongst male personnel of the Ministry of Defence stands at 3.3% lower that that of their female counterpart which is at 3.4%.
The study that was carried out between July and August 2018 also indicates that HIV prevalence is highest amongst Non Commissioned officers with an infection rate of 4.6%.
Officers are next on line with 2.6% while Rank and file tail the chart with a 2.4% prevalence rate.
The survey was carried out in collaboration with the Directorate of Military Health at the Ministry of Defence.
The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of Veterans and Victims of War, Koumpa Issa saluted the fact that 90% of those diagnosed have been put under effective anti retroviral therapy and their viral replication rate has reduced to 90% in line with national and international goals for the fight against HIV.