HIV/AIDS

Country profiles on HIV/AIDS

Papua New Guinea


Papua New Guinea declared a generalized epidemic in 2004. The most recent estimation and projection showed that HIV epidemic in PNG has been stabilizing and declining. An estimated number of 25,000 people were living with HIV as of 2012 and the adult HIV prevalence was estimated at 0.5%.

The number of people on highly active antiretroviral therapy between 2007 and 2012 increased five-fold from 2250 to 11,764 respectively. PNG is one of the few Western Pacific countries which have performed outstandingly in scaling up its testing and counselling, and care and treatment programme.

Core HIV and AIDS epidemic and response data

Indicator 2001 2007 2011 2012
No. PLHIV
Total 22 000 27 000 25 000 25 000
Adults 21 000 24 000 22 000 22 000
Adult prev. % 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.5
Women (15+) 11 000 13 000 13 000 12 000
Children < 15 years 1 700 3 000 3 200 3 100
No. new infection 3 500 1 600 <1 000 <1 000
AIDS related deaths 1 300 1 600 1 200 <1 000
% HIV key populations
PWID (% HIV)
FSW (% HIV) 17.8
MSM (% HIV)
No. people on ART
Total 2 250 9 435 11 764
ART coverage (%) 61.2 (a) 70.0 (a)
No. paediatric patients on ART
No. receiving ARV for PMTCT 84 223 344
PMTCT coverage (%) 12.3 (a) 40.0 (a)

(a) Country reported.

Source:

WHO/UNAIDS estimates 2013, and GARPR reporting 2012-13