9 Jul 2003

Fiji authorities expecting rise in sexually transmitted diseases

10:28 am on 9 July 2003

Health authorities in Fiji fear a sharp rise in sexually transmitted diseases after the South Pacific Games currently in their second week in Suva.

The Fiji Times quotes Sister Sera Waqa of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Unit as saying this is the usual trend after big gatherings such as the Hibiscus Festival and annual church conferences.

Sister Waqa says they usually treat about 30 cases a month but after big events the figure rises to 40 a day.

She says they expect symptoms to show within a month after the Games because that is how long the infection takes to incubate.

Sister Waqa says unless people change their sexual behaviour, they are likely to end up with HIV/AIDS.