Addiction Main Channel of AIDS Transmission in Afghanistan: Health Minister
December 2, 2009
In a statement marking World AIDS Day on Tuesday, the nation's minister of public health said, "Addiction, especially using heroin through injection, continues to be the main channel of transmission of AIDS in Afghanistan." Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatime called on all government institutions to ramp-up their anti-drug efforts. Afghanistan has officially registered 556 HIV cases and nine AIDS-related deaths.
Xinhua News Agency