Afghan AIDS Control Program Reports 556 HIV Cases Through 2008
April 24, 2009
Afghanistan had recorded 556 HIV cases by the end of 2008, according to a recently released report from the National AIDS Control Program, the Pajhwok Afghan News reports. However, the health ministry on Tuesday said that there likely are 2,000 to 2,500 HIV-positive people in the country. According to the ministry, studies have shown that HIV prevalence among the general population is about 0.5%, while it is about 3% among the country's injection drug users. Ministry officials say that although HIV prevalence is low compared to other countries, 30 years of war, poverty, high levels of poppy cultivation and trafficking, and commercial sex work have created risk factors for the spread of HIV.
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