Cook Islands has for the first time encountered something which has not in a matter of years. Apparently, the first HIV case was reported in the country that is present on 15 islands in the Pacific Ocean.
However, the authorities are still baffled with the case, and have absolutely no idea what to do about the occurrence. The person detected with the virus is a foreigner and Prime Minister Henry Puna had advised of deporting the affected person.
The raucous comments made by Puna have met with a lot of criticism, especially from officials in the human rights department, both in the Cook Islands and abroad. In a response to the comments made by the Prime Minister, the Pacific Islands Aids Foundation has announced that if such an action is taken by the Cook Islands then it will advise New Zealand to send back any of the Cook Islanders living in the country in case they tested positive for HIV.
Talking about the government's thought of deporting the person who tested positive, Heather Worth from the International HIV Research Group, University of New South Wales said that such a decision will further discourage people from getting tested for HIV. She added that such a brash decision would only lead to further worsening of the condition.