Over 60,000 Infected With HIV in Nepal: Study Shows
November 7, 2002
The number of people infected with HIV in Nepal will exceed 60,000 by the end of 2002, according to a study conducted by the Nepal AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Research Center. AIDS cases in Nepal are estimated to reach 3,000, the Himalayan Times quoted Gopal Raj Shakya, president of the research center, as saying. "Some positive outcomes have been observed as a result of campaigns by various governmental and non-governmental organizations on checking the spread of the dreaded disease," Shakya said. Nepal's National Center for AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control in July launched massive advocacy and awareness programs throughout the country in an attempt to control HIV/AIDS. Last year, the World Health Organization said around 40,000 people in Nepal had HIV/AIDS.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.