New HIV Cases in Malaysia Decreasing, Percentage of Women Living With Virus Increasing, Health Ministry Official Says
October 24, 2007
The number of new HIV cases in Malaysia has decreased since 2002, but the percentage of women newly diagnosed with the virus has increased during the same time period, Abdul Rasid Kasri, deputy director of disease control at Malaysia's Ministry of Health, said Monday at the 19th Asian Red Cross/Red Crescent HIV/AIDS Network Meeting, the New Straits Times reports (New Straits Times, 10/23).
Malaysia last year implemented a five-year plan to reduce the spread of HIV that included a pilot needle-exchange program, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 10/23). Malaysia has recorded 78,000 HIV/AIDS cases since 1986, 10,000 of which have resulted in death, according to Tunku Tan Sri Shahriman Tunku Sulaiman, chair of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (Bernama Daily Malaysian News, 10/22).
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