Over 14,000 peacekeepers seek HIV counselling and testing

Peacekeepers in shooting exercise

Peacekeepers in shooting exercise

The number of United Nations peacekeepers seeking voluntary HIV counselling and testing has increased from 2,000 to more than 14,000 in just five years.

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon released the figures to the Security Council as it discussed the impact of HIV and AIDS on international peace and security.

Mr. Ban said that it is standard procedure for the United Nations to give its personnel training in HIV before being deployed.

"We have trained over 1,500 peacekeepers as peer counsellors. The number of Blue Helmets seeking voluntary counselling and testing increased from fewer than 2,000 to more than 14,000 in just five years. But we are not just helping our peacekeepers they work so people recovering from war do not also have to recover from disease. "

The Security Council meeting on HIV/AIDS is being attended by senior government officials including some presidents of Member States with seats on the Council.

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