Albania Urged to Act Quickly to Keep AIDS Cases Low
February 24, 2003
International health officials urged Albania to intensify efforts to keep its status as a low-prevalence country for AIDS and prevent the spread of HIV. "In absolute terms Albania is a low-prevalence country but it has an unstable situation," Santino Severone, head of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS created in the country in 1997, said Friday. There are 98 known cases of HIV/AIDS in a population of 3.1 million, according to Albania's Health Ministry. Sexual transmission has been the predominant mode, with most infected people saying they contracted the virus abroad. Albania has only three laboratories that perform HIV tests. The country's post-communist health care system is stretched financially and is lacking resources to provide even basic care in some instances.Adapted from:
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