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Pakistan observes AIDS Day appealing not to alienate patients

12-02-2010 08:40 BJT Special Report:World AIDS Day |

Pakistan observed the World AIDS Day Wednesday with an appeal not to alienate and look down upon the infected HIV patients, but help them heal and become a useful citizen of the society.

A number of seminars, counseling sessions and walks were organized by various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to create awareness about the fatal disease throughout Pakistan.

Overcoming social taboos attached with the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was emphasized, which had silently been creeping up within Pakistani society due to various reasons over the years.

The killer disease is no more a sexual contact restricted disease, which has been designated as the minimum cause of HIV spread in Pakistan. But various other reasons can cause the infection including blood transfusion, use of infected needles and narcotics use and others.

The number of AIDS patients has increased over an estimated 80, 000 people across Pakistan, said Dr. Hasan Abbas Rizvi, manager of the Pakistan National AIDS Control Program (NACP). It has launched an AIDS awareness campaign across the country through media. However, some experts estimated the number of both registered and unregistered patients to be over 100,000.

Special HIV treatment centers have been established in 11 major hospitals in major urban centers of Pakistan where HIV affected people are registered and treated, the official said, adding that special teams have also been deputed for the purpose.

The United Nations had estimated the number of HIV positive patients at 32.9 million across the globe by the end of 2007, as compared to 29.5 million in 2001.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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