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Pakistan sees 70% rise in HIV circumstances in seven years

The variety of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) sufferers in Pakistan grew considerably by over 70% within the final seven years, reveals Nationwide HIV Management Centre knowledge.

In response to the info, initially of 2016, Pakistan had round 17,000 HIV sufferers, which grew to just about 59,000 till December 2022. Up to now seven years, most HIV circumstances had been reported in Punjab. In 2016, there have been 6,875 sufferers within the province which, after an 80% spike, went as much as over 31,000 in 2022.

In Balochistan, HIV circumstances elevated from 345 in 2016 to 1,759 in 2022 with an nearly 80 % improve.

Sindh witnessed a 69% improve in HIV sufferers with the entire variety of sufferers going up from 5,183 in 2016 to 16,765 in 2022, the info exhibits.

Equally, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had a complete of two,384 HIV circumstances in 2016 which went as much as over 5,000 in 2022, exhibiting a greater than 50% improve.

Within the federal capital Islamabad, HIV circumstances went from 2,227 in 2016 to three,711 in 2022.

In response to the Nationwide HIV Management Middle’s 2016 knowledge, a complete of 17,018 HIV-positive circumstances had been reported throughout Pakistan, out of which just about 10,000 sufferers opted for Antiretroviral Remedy (ART), a therapy for HIV illness.

In January 2017, the variety of HIV sufferers elevated to 22,512 from 17,018 initially of the earlier 12 months. In January 2018, the circumstances shot as much as nearly 29,000, out of which 20,000 had been getting therapy.

In January 2019, HIV sufferers from throughout Pakistan rose to 34,506 in quantity, out of which 27,106 opted for therapy in numerous hospitals within the nation.

The file of January 2020 reveals the variety of HIV sufferers throughout Pakistan rose to over 45,000, out of which practically 38,000 had been getting therapy for the illness. In January 2021, 51,380 HIV sufferers had been recorded in Pakistan. Out of those, over 42,000 availed the therapy for the illness. December 2021 knowledge exhibits that HIV sufferers grew to 59,000 from 51,380 in January 2021.

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