Pakistan: Treatment Center Begins to Break AIDS Stigma
October 26, 2011
On Sept. 1, the first Family Care Center was inaugurated in Peshawar's Hayatabad Medical Complex, where it will provide HIV testing, treatment, care, and counseling. The center already has 600 registered patients, including 175 from neighboring Afghanistan. The center provides antenatal care and child care and treatment under one roof, said gynecologist Lubna Hassan, its director.
"Today is the best day of my life," said Gul Hamid, who tested HIV-positive two years ago in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was immediately deported back to Pakistan. His family received excellent counseling at the center and have since become much friendlier to him, he said. "Finally, my family members are convinced that HIV/AIDS can't be transmitted through handshakes or shared meals and utensils."
Inter Press Service
10.21.2011; Ashfaq Yusufzai
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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