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Nearly 400 People Were Infected With The AIDS Epidemic In Pakistan, And 80% In Children.

Written by Tori Yang

The AIDS epidemic broke out in southern Pakistan. After 56 new cases in the region, HIV positive cases increased to 393 as of May 14th. 80% of the nearly 400 HIV-positive patients were children, half of whom were 2 to 5 years old.

Pakistani media Pakistan Today reported that at least 1,548 men, women and children had blood tests on May 14th and tested positively for AIDS cases in the region. The majority of infected people are children. 42 of 56 new cases are children and 312 of 393 HIV carriers are children. The local media reported two weeks ago that an AIDS epidemic occurred in the Larkana region of southern Sindh province in Pakistan. A local doctor used a single needle to treat several patients and spread HIV. The government sent a public health team to the local emergency to check the epidemic, while mobilizing resources to control the spread of the epidemic. The head of the Sindh (City of Pakistan) AIDS Control Program, said that 9028 people had a blood test within 14 days. He said that 81 adults were infected with HIV. According to a report submitted by the local health department of Pakistan to the Sindh provincial government, 4,656 people have been tested for HIV in the past 12 days. According to the report, of the 186 HIV patients, 58% were men and 42% were women, and 54.8% were between the ages of 2 and 5.

A spokesperson for the Joint UNAIDS Office said that international partner countries have cooperated with local medical teams to help local investigations of the epidemic as soon as possible to address the problems of people living with HIV, including treatment, health care and support services. Sindh has a population of nearly 48 million. About 150,000 people carry HIV in Pakistan, and 43% of them live in Sindh.

 

According to this news, we all need to re-examine AIDS.

How is AIDS transmitted?

HIV can spread:

  • during sex (especially anal sex and vaginal sex)
  • through sharing needles for injecting drugs or tattooing
  • by getting stuck with a needle with an infected person’s blood on it
  • Can pass from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.
  • HIV does not spread through:
    Vrine, Feces, Saliva, vomit, or sweat (as long as no blood is present)
    coughing or sneezing
    holding hands
    sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses

I read an article on Facebook a couple of weeks before. there are some groups of people that carry HIV, and profit by selling their blood. It is used as well as social retaliation. As well others have spread HIV through sexual intercourse with strangers through online social media.

So please respect your body, develop good health habits, and don’t risk your own life.

 

Picture from: healithline.com

Resource: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/aids.html

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/05/17/ruckus-in-sindh-assembly-after-opp-denied-permission-to-speak-on-hiv-cases/

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/05/08/157-children-among-185-suspected-hiv-larkana-patients/

 

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Tori Yang