Young People In Cameroon Do Not Retrieve HIV Test Results

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The highpercentage of young people in Cameroonwho do not retrieve their HIV test results is contributing to the spread of thevirus in the country, researchers from the Institute for Research,Socioeconomic Development and Communication said recently, Cameroon's The Post reports. According to a study conducted byIRESCO researchers, about 7% of 100 young people ages 15 to 24 who receivedvoluntary HIV tests retrieved the results.

Theresearchers said that many young people who received the test but did notretrieve the results feared stigma, adding that others believed knowing theirHIV-positive status eventually would lead to death, according to The Post.Very few young people in Cameroonreceive voluntary HIV tests, according to the researchers.

To address the issue, IRESCO has launched a campaign to encourage young peoplein the country to receive HIV tests, IRESCO coordinator Jean-Paul Tchupo said.He added that the group hopes that increased HIV testing among Cameroonianyouth will encourage the government to develop measures aimed at combatingHIV/AIDS.

As part ofthe campaign, IRESCO has developed a film that will be aired on televisionstations nationwide, and an audio version will be played on radio stations inpartnership with the group. In addition, IRESCO plans to translate the filminto various languages, including English and some local Cameroonian languages,according to The Post (Njechu, The Post, 1/14).

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