Wiping out a generation

A humanitarian catastrophe is nearly upon us:

More than half a million people on Australia’s northern doorstep could be HIV-positive within 20 years unless big steps are taken to fight Papua New Guinea’s AIDS epidemic.

Australia is contributing to the fight against the disease (as is the US), but much more needs to be done. The Solomon Islands are worried that their country must be vigilant if they want to avoid the PNG disaster. PNG has the highest sexually transmitted infections (STI) cases in the Asia-Pacific region and disease is predominantly spread through heterosexual relations.