HIV/AIDS Epidemic may Strike Malaysia-experts Warn

by Ann Samuel on  February 12, 2007 at 3:04 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
HIV/AIDS Epidemic may Strike Malaysia-experts Warn
Malaysian health officials have doomsday predictions for the country's health scenario unless drastic measures are taken to curb HIV/AIDS infection.

According to statistics released by the health ministry of Malaysia, the country will have a head count of 300, 000 HIV infected person by 2015.

Of a population of 30 million, 73 thousand are currently infected with the virus.

The figures show an increase of the AIDS causing virus among lorry drivers, fishermen, factory workers, drug addicts, and most worryingly, women.

Rise in heterosexual relationships as well as other social ills are behind this gloomy numbers.

The U.N. body UNAIDS last year said that Malaysia was among several Asia-Pacific countries that risked an HIV epidemic among drug users, unless the government took the problem more seriously.

In response, the government had taken up intervention measures that included drug substitution therapy and needle exchange programs for drug addicts, as well as providing free antiretroviral drugs at government clinics, especially for women and children.

Dr.Ramlee Rahmat, deputy director-general of public health has called for co-operation from the public in tackling the menace. He says if not put under control, the spread of AIDS can wipe out Malaysia's development made over the last 50 years, and devastate the nation's economy.

Source: Medindia

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions
life span of Hiv virus with in the blood in outeratmosphere? did the life span depend up onthe amount of blood coming to the outer atmosphere? once the hiv virus come to the outer atmosphere it will be non living and then it enter into the host body it will be living or not? in which conditions the hiv virus depend on?
guest Saturday, June 30, 2007

You May Also Like

View All