HIV/AIDS toll climbs to 3,593

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The numbers of HIV/AIDs patients in the provincial metropolis have increased up to 3,593 out of a total 5,202 reported from throughout the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa causing concerns whether the disease is spreading undetected.

According to National AIDS Control Program (NACP) statistics released on Tuesday, as many as 200 new HIV/AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) cases were reported here during the last six months.

A total six hospitals in the province were having HIV/AIDS treatment centers where free-of-charge medicines and requisite tests were being provided. The data revealed that the disease was prevalent among overseas labourers and transgender community, adding that currently more than 12 Afghan nationals and a Nigerian infected by HIV were undertreated in different hospitals of the province.—APP

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