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Malawi Records 1,000 New HIV Infections Weekly

by VR Sreeraman on February 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

 Malawi Records 1,000 New HIV Infections Weekly
Malawi on average records 1,000 new HIV cases in a week, according to a official report. Over a tenth of the population is HIV positive in the AIDS-ravaged country.

"It's a great concern to us that despite efforts by government to prevent HIV and AIDS, the country continues to register about 1,000 new cases of HIV every week," Edith Mkawa, a senior health ministry secretary in charge of nutrition, HIV and AIDS, told reporters.
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"The number is very high. It is frustrating the fight against HIV pandemic," she said.

Mkawa said Malawi, where 11.8 percent of the 14 million citizens are HIV positive, "needs urgent action to attain zero new HIV infections."

People "are not changing their behaviors. These behaviors are fueling the spread of HIV at an alarming rate."

The southern African nation has 350,000 people receiving free anti-retroviral drugs, up from 5,000 in 2004.

Source: AFP
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