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PM shows concern over increasing HIV cases

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has shown concerns over increasing HIV cases on international Aids day December 1.

PM via Twitter wrote that the increasing rate of HIV and Aids among children and adolescents is deeply concerning.

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Shehbaz Sharif further advised the health ministry to focus on spreading awareness about testing, prevention, and treatment of HIV and Aids.

Earlier, a report revealed that 23% of 210000 people affected by Aids in Pakistan are aware of the disease.

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The report also revealed that every two minutes a person somewhere in the world contract HIV and every minute a person dies of AIDS.

According to UNAIDS figures, Pakistan reported 210,000 HIV/AIDS in 2021 including 41,000 women, 170,000 men, and 4,600 children.

The report also stated that in Pakistan, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is 0.2%, and the disease has claimed 9,600 lives to date.

Dr. Syed Sharaf Ali, Executive Director of Bridge Consultants Foundation at a press briefing organized by the Infection Control Society stated that currently, Pakistan is facing a concentrated HIV epidemic.

Among others, including people who inject drug addicts, sex workers, and gay and transgender populations, HIV prevalence is more than 5%.

Earlier, the Federal Ministry of Health reported 519 HIV-positive cases between January to October in Islamabad.

However, According to the National AIDS Control Program, urgent steps are being taken to stop the spread of HIV.

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