Afghanistan Records 266 HIV Cases, Mostly Intravenous Drug Users
December 5, 2007
Afghanistan's public health ministry reported on Saturday that the nation has logged 266 HIV cases, of whom 66 percent became infected through intravenous drug use. Men accounted for 75 percent of the cases. As part of a World AIDS Day campaign initiated by the Afghan Red Crescent Society, about 70 young people marched though a Kabul park on Saturday. Several well-known Afghan actors took part and presented a play about the disease. "Most of our people don't know about AIDS. These kinds of awareness programs are very useful," said Mohammad Usman, a member of the audience. A study released last month by ActionAid Afghanistan showed that nearly half of 99 drug injectors interviewed did not know HIV can be spread by sharing needles, and only 4 percent of 56 female sex workers had heard of AIDS.
12.01.2007; Rahim Faiez
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