Malaysian Health Official Urges Women to Carry Condoms to Prevent HIV Transmission
June 3, 2008
Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Abdul Latiff Ahmad during the 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Saturday urged women in the country to carry condoms to protect themselves against HIV transmission, the AP/Google.com reports.
Celebrations for the memorial drew more than 1,000 people. The main theme of the event was addressing HIV-associated stigma and discrimination. The event was held openly for the first time this year in Malaysia to help reduce stigma, according to the Times (Sabanayagam, New Straits Times, 6/1).
According to PTI/The Hindu, 745 HIV cases were recorded among women in Malaysia in 2007, compared with 875 in 2006. Although the number of new cases among women decreased, total new cases have been increasing. In addition, 193 women were diagnosed with AIDS in 2007 and 131 women died of AIDS-related illnesses, compared with 222 and 80, respectively, in 2006 (PTI/The Hindu, 6/1). As of December 2007, more than 80,938 HIV cases and 13,000 AIDS cases had been reported in Malaysia, and more than 10,000 people had died of AIDS-related causes. About three people in the country died of AIDS-related illnesses daily in 2007, the Times reports (New Straits Times, 6/1).
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