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HIV / AIDS reaches epidemic level in Pakistan – News



56 women and a seven-year-old child are among the infected.

An increase in HIV / AIDS cases in Shakot, a city in Pakistan's Punjab district, has reached the epidemic threshold, a law enforcement report reveals.

In a report sent to Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, the agency revealed that the number of HIV / AIDS cases has reached 140 in Shakot after 85 people tested positive for the virus this year, Dawn news reported in Thursday.

"A study by the agency's staff revealed that the HIV (AIDS) virus was spreading rapidly in Shahkot, Nankana Sahib district," the report said.

Of the 1

40 cases reported in the city of approximately 200,000 people, 54 emerged from September 1 to December 31, 2018, while 85 new people tested positive for the virus from January 1 to July 27 this year.

The report further reveals that 56 women and a seven-year-old child are among the infected.

It states that 399 people were screened after the district health authorities organized a camp on July 24 to assess the health status of Shakot residents. Of these, 11, including seven women, were tested positive.

"The spread of HIV is caused by drug use, gossip homes, transgender immoral activities, the use of unsterilized equipment by medical professionals – including charlatans – and the use of contaminated razors by razors," the report said. [19659003] A World Health Organization (WHO) report in July said that Pakistan is one of the countries in the WHO Mediterranean region where new HIV infections are increasing at an alarming level since 1987.

The current HIV epidemic in Pakistan n is defined as a concentrated epidemic, the report says.

Although the overall prevalence is still less than 1% in the adult population, the most recent (2017) estimate of people living with HIV was 150,0002 .There are 21,000 new cases registered in 2018.

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