HIV and AIDS in Honduras

Statistics from the Honduran Public Health Ministry provided to the UN Population Fund show that 29,597 Hondurans developed full-blown AIDS this year.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) confirmed that 1,200-1,300 Hondurans are infected with the Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) every year. UNPF Representative, Kenneth Rodriguez, said people have to be very careful, because AIDS is one thing, and full-blown AIDS is another different thing.

Most people treated by the public health system are evaluated as people with full-blown AIDS, and that may lead to a decreased report of HIV cases, which might reach up to 40 percent, Rodriguez said.

That number tends to increase, because many health facilities lack the appropriate technology, and because AIDS cases are not reported to the database in rural areas, he added.

The Public Health Ministry said that so far, the largest incidence affects both men and women aged 15-44.

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