Yesterday was World AIDS Day, and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had expressed concern about the rise in HIV and AIDS infections in the country.
According to the most recent numbers released by health officials in Islamabad, as many as 9,773 people tested positive for HIV in the country during the final ten months of 2022, throwing serious doubt on HIV prevention and control efforts.
The rise in HIV diagnoses, according to authorities, demonstrated that the virus had spread from significant populations to the general population.
The first of December is observed annually as World AIDS Day. People all over the world take part. It attempts to attract attention to the terrible disease’s negative consequences and raise public awareness of the importance of preventative measures.
“The rising prevalence of HIV and AIDS among children & adolescents is gravely alarming,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.
He urged the Ministry of Health to focus on boosting awareness about testing, prevention, and treatment in order to combat the pandemic.
On World Aids Day, the prime minister urged everyone to “commit to eradicating HIV stigma.”
Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars from the Global Fund and other international donor organisations to limit and prevent the spread of HIV over the last 11 years, the number of new infections has constantly increased.
The fact that a large fraction of low-risk males, females, and clients of critical communities are newly infected suggests an elevated rate of HIV transmission to bridge groups (spouses, partners, and clients of key populations), according to UNAIDS.
Dr. Faisal Mehmood, a well-known infectious diseases specialist and HIV expert, spoke about the spread of HIV in Pakistan, stating that one reason there are more cases now than in the past is that the country is doing millions of tests.