Risk factors like the tsunami with large numbers of displaced in makeshift shelters, is threatening to grow Sri Lanka’s low HIV infection rate, the United Nation warns.
Mounting poverty with five million people below the poverty line, internal and external migration and the fall out of the ethnic conflict is threatening to speed up the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
“The underlying factors for sexual transmission that lead to high partner exchange are mainly due to poverty, deteriorating economic and social conditions, armed conflict, the presence of a large military force, youth and women migrants,” the UNDP said in a statement on Thursday.
Add to that equation last December’s tsunami that killed 31,000 people, swept away coastal villages and displaced around half a million.
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“The tsunami disaster has also jeopardized the country’s social sector gains with some 100,000 displaced people still living in trying conditions in tents and makeshift shelters,” the UNDP said.