AIDS in Pakistan is a reality


The World AIDS Day is being observed globally today, which has been the custom since December 1 1988 for raising awareness about preventive measures and proper treatment of HIV positive patients.

Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus and more than thirty-five million people have died of HIV/AIDs. In Pakistan, nearly 100,000 people are living with HIV virus, but only 15,370 are registered with 21 HIV treatment centers.

According to VOA, Every year, 2 million people acquire the virus, and the UN estimates that more than 1 million people die from the virus annually.

World AIDs Day was the first ever global health day, the day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

According to medical doctors and professionals, there are three main ways to contract AIDS i.e. having unprotected sex, sharing needles and via mother-to-child-transmission. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the epidemic claimed more than 35 million lives so far.

More than one million people died of HIV-related causes globally last year, the WHO said in a report.

Seminars and gatherings are held to educate the people regarding the menace of HIV/AIDS and how to counter it. Treatment methods are also discussed with those suffering from the disease.

(Copyright Business Recorder, 2016)

By Madiha Shakeel