THE Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS Hon. Sir Puka Temu officially launched the Kauntim Mi Tu report in May at Port Moresby.
Sir Puka stressed that this type of researches must be on an ongoing basis particularly on strategic research.
“This sort of research needs to be done on an ongoing basis particularly on strategic research to generate information that the leaders need to know about to make the right decisions,” he said.
Meanwhile, the report revealed that stigma, discrimination and violence pose barriers for key populations, resulting in high transmission rates of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI).
PNGIMR principal researcher, Dr Angela Kelly-Hanku stated that the study was carried out among the key population in Mount Hagen, Lae and Port Moresby with PNGIMR, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, the report is the first comprehensive bio-behaviour survey done and is an initiative of the government, with financial support from the Australian Government, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief.
The study exposed that these key populations did not seek health care, neither did get tested for HIV and STIs, nor did they use condoms due to stigma, discrimination and violence that they faced frequently