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266 HIV cases detected in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) — Over 260 cases of HIV have been registered in the war-torn Afghanistan over the past three years, an official at Public Health Ministry said Sunday.

“Around 266 cases of HIV have been detected over the past three years in the country,” Abdullah Fahim, spokesman of Afghan Public Health Ministry, told Xinhua.

However, he could not give the exact figure of those who have developed the full fledged epidemic of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

The official said that the AIDS epidemic has claimed the lives of five people in Afghanistan over the past three years.

Some 2,000 to 3,000 people, according to unofficial sources, are estimated to have contracted HIV/AIDS in the post-Taliban country where the facilities to detect and provide medical treatment are poor.

Nearly 100 local students on Sunday voluntarily visited some 150 beauty parlors and barbershops in the Afghan capital Kabul to promote awareness of the contagious epidemic among the citizens.

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Written by afghandevnews

November 18, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Posted in Health

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