Minister: (HIV AIDS needs special attention due to the stigma attached to it: Minister)

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar has said that World AIDS Day is celebrated annually on December 01 to remind us that HIV response need our attention, because HIV has not gone away and that many steps still need to be taken.

Addressing a seminar on the eve of World AIDS Day here on Tuesday, she said the day aims to raise awareness on the HIV & AIDS situations/threat faced globally, in each region and in each country; highlight achievements over the year and identify further steps that need to be taken to eliminate this disease.

She said HIV AIDS needs special attention due to the stigma attached to it. Therefore, World AIDS Day is the ideal occasion to raise awareness among the people of this disease faced by Pakistan and encourage them to join in this global fight against AIDS.

It is not only the Government but all responsible society members to play their role in supporting the initiatives, which the present Government along with UN agencies are taking to prevent HIV from the population, she said.

The Minister said this is high time to raise more awareness regarding HIV AIDS. The Government of Pakistan is providing free of cost treatment to 7000 HIV patients in 21 treatment centres across the country. National AIDS Control Program has delivered remarkably in past 2 years, The Global Fund has agreed to extend support to National AIDS Control Program till 2017.