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Sunday, April 09, 2006 

April, 7 - 4:00 PM

Ten percent of adolescent pregnancies are infected with AIDS

Santiago.- Approximately ten percent of pregnant adolescents that each year go for treatment at the Regional Jose Mari Cabral & Baez Hospital in Santiago are infected with the AIDS virus.
The head of the orientation program for adolescents at the hospital center, Jhovanny Rodriguez, said that of the 2,500 pregnant adolescents that the center treats each year, at least 250 are affected by the disease.

Rodriguez pointed out that these adolescents come from the fourteen provinces of the northern Cibao region.

Also, she stated that the pregnant adolescents are administered special medications that reduce in more than 50 percent the probability of passing on the disease to their offspring.

Rodriguez affirmed that conferences and seminars along with other activities are being conducted to instruct girls and adolescents on how to avoid premature pregnancies and on ways to protect themselves from sexually transmitted disease.

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