435 HIV cases detected in Afghanistan
KABUL, July 9 (Xinhua) — The spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
has been on rise in the conservative Islamic society of Afghanistan as over 400
cases have been reported so far, Afghan Public Health Ministry said Wednesday.
“So far 435 HIV positive cases have been reported from different sources,”
the ministry said in a press release, adding that there are estimated 2000-2500
HIV positive cases nationwide.
However, the press release said the prevalence of HIV in Afghanistan is
currently considered low.
The ministry said the three decades of war poverty, illiteracy, massive
internal and external displacement, high level of poppy cultivation, drug
trafficking and usage, existence of commercial and unsafe sex, unsafe injection
practices and blood transfusion are potential risk factors for the spread of HIV
It also said that the World Bank at the request of Afghan health ministry has
granted 10 million U.S. dollars to enhance efforts for upgrading the awareness
about HIV and AIDS and to reduce discrimination against people living with HIV
and AIDS in the country.