HIV Risk Factors, Misconceptions Could Lead to "Rapid Spread" of Virus in Egypt, Daily News Reports
December 2, 2008
Although Egypt has a low HIV prevalence at 0.02%, numerous risk factors and misconceptions about the virus could lead to a "rapid spread" of the disease, Egypt's Daily News reports.
According to Jeffrey O'Malley, director of the HIV/AIDS group at the United Nations Development Programme, the "most important aspect [of HIV/AIDS] Egypt has to work on" is prevention. Although Egypt has a multi-sector approach for addressing HIV that includes collaboration with religious leaders and action at the community level, O'Malley said that "many African countries, such as Botswana, are far more advanced than Egypt when it comes to HIV." The country's HIV strategy also includes efforts to increase education about HIV/AIDS among medical students, Ahmed Khamis, UNAIDS program officer in Egypt, said (Abdoun, Daily News, 11/30).
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