800 HIV positive cases reported this year so far


Karachi: Provincial Program Manager of Sindh AIDS Control Program Dr Muhammad Ahmad Kazi on Thursday said around 800 HIV positive cases have been reported in year 2013 so far which was less in number as 960 cases were reported in year 2012.

He told PPI here that total 800 cases were reported in this year so far out of which 730 men and 70 women were tested HIV positive in Sindh province so far. He said most of HIV positive cases were found in drug addicts with 37 percentages. He informed that transgender and sex workers also badly affected this disease.

He said major high risk groups of HIV AIDS prevalence are include long distance truck drivers, female sex workers, transgender sex workers, men having sex with men (MSMs), injecting drug users (IDUs), jail inmates, children born to infected parent, street children and victims of unsafe medical procedures.

Dr Kazi informed that primary HIV virus approximately takes eight years to transform into AIDS disease in adults. He said man with HIV positive could live long as healthy person if he gets proper anti-viral treatment. He stressed the importance of awareness in the society in order to save people from HIV/AIDS disease.

He said Sindh AIDS Control Program is running the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) clinics in 23 districts of Sindh province, as well as HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centers with complete confidentiality and privacy in 21 cities of province to control further prevalence of this disease.

He said 11 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) also working with Provincial AIDS Program under public private partnership to root out this disease from the province. He said a Referral Laboratory to diagnose and for screening of HIV/AIDS affected patient also established at the Civil Hospital Karachi.

He advised the people always use auto disable syringes to avoid AIDS and other infectious diseases. He said only prevention is best treatment in HIV/AIDS. He said organized and focused prevention efforts are required to minimize the size and curtail the ratio of this disease at an early phase.

Dr Kazi also informed that Sindh AIDS Control Program will organize the walks to celebrate the World AIDS Day on Sunday 1 December 2013 to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS across the province and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

He said the day is an opportunity for public and private partners to disseminate information about the status of the pandemic and to encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world, particularly in high prevalence countries. Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Day has the theme of “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”.

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