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Pakistanis Deported for Testing HIV-Positive Raise Fears at Home

September 4, 2001

Pakistan health workers fear a sharp rise in HIV cases as Pakistanis deported from abroad for testing positive for HIV/AIDS return home, according to reports. Pathologists at the research center in Khyber Medical College in Peshawar raised the alarm after relatives of returning men tested positive in July, the newspaper Dawn said. Some 20 cases of AIDS, all of them deportees, have been reported since then, said the pathologists. Most of the half-a-million Pakistanis who work in Middle Eastern countries live away from their families, and some are exposed to HIV through commercial sex workers. Those who test positive for HIV when applying to renew their work permit or visa are deported.

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