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Islamabad has an alarmingly high number of HIV cases.

According to officials, two treatment and testing centres in Islamabad see an average of 50 new HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections per month. 331 new cases have been diagnosed in the last seven months, many of whom are from Rawalpindi and other cities in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Azad Kashmir.

HIV patients are most prevalent in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, with additional instances documented in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Gujrat, Lahore, Gujranwala, Narowal, Chakwal, Mandi Bahauddin, Minwali, Sargodha Kotli, Bagh, and Ponch.

Many patients avoid getting treatment in their hometowns due to the disease’s stigma and fear of discrimination. As a result, for diagnosis and treatment, they travel to large cities such as Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.

According to reports, 46 new HIV positive patients tested positive in October 2022, 48 in November, 40 in December, 40 in January 2023, 72 in February, 44 in March, and 35 in April 2023.

Due to the high number of patients seeking HIV treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the National Aids Control Programme has opened a second centre at the Federal Government Poly Clinic. However, because this centre is new, just a few HIV patients have visited it thus far.

 

 

 

 

 

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