Cuba Reports Six Deaths From AIDS

Associated Press

Cuba reported Wednesday that acquired immune deficiency syndrome has claimed six lives on the Caribbean island nation and that 21 others there are afflicted with AIDS.

In a broadcast by Radio Rebelde in Havana, monitored in Miami, Cuba's deputy public health commissioner, Hector Perry, said that in addition to the six deaths and 21 cases of AIDS, an additional 172 people have tested positive as carriers of the AIDS virus.

Six months ago, Cuba released statistics reporting two cases of AIDS and 108 known carriers in the country.

Perry said the Cuban government plans to carry out 7 million AIDS tests this year, compared with 1.4 million tests given in 1987 on the island of 10 million people.

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