On Monday in Dushanbe, visiting Queen Noor of Jordan expressed
concern about HIV's rapid spread in Tajikistan. However, she also
expressed optimism that the nation can be "the first to arrest the
spread of the disease, perhaps more quickly than any other country of
the world." Tajikistan has one of the lowest reported HIV caseloads in
the world -- 152 infections -- but one of the highest rates of infection.
The number of cases is actually around 2,500 according to UN and Tajik
officials, who estimate that figure will double annually without
intervention. Tajikistan is situated on one of the main drug-smuggling
routes from neighboring Afghanistan. Drug use is up in Central Asia,
where intravenous drug use is the main transmission route for HIV.
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