245 HIV cases have been reported among the country's citizens and permanent residents since 1986. Out of the number, 152 cases or 62-percents of all HIV cases occurred since 2014. According to the Minister of Health, this is highly suggestive of an overall increase in general trend. Currently, there are 189 persons known to be living with HIV in Brunei, and 56 people have died since 1986. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar read the statistics in his speech at the National HIV Symposium Health Care Professional 2018.
Some 300 people attended the symposium. The Minister of Health subsequently launched the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council website and presented tokens of appreciation to the speakers and sponsors. The national symposium, among other matters, shared information on HIV prevention, treatment and care towards reducing the stigmatisation of People Living With HIV. It is hoped to better inform health care professionals on HIV infection in order to be able to effectively manage People Living With HIV and at risk-population. Earlier, a series of talks were held by invited speakers from Singapore, Univerisiti Brunei Darussalam, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) and local doctors from the Ministry of Health.
Source: Radio Television Brunei