Eleven AIDS cases recorded in Kurdistan in 2012
Two people from Kurdistan reportedly have been infected with the disease since 2012
According to the statistics released by Kurdistan Region Government's (KRG) Ministry of Health, 11 AIDS cases have been recorded in Kurdistan Region, two of them have been from the Region and the other nine from outside.
There are also 15 AIDs patients in the region who are currently under treatment in the hospitals. Some of the cases belong to approximately 26 years ago.
"We have been able to limit the cases and prevent them from spreading and increasing. We have very few number of cases compared to the neighboring and outside world countries," said Dr. Khalis Qadir, KRG's Ministry of Health spokesman.
Qader revealed "Only two people from Kurdistan have been infected with the disease in 2012 and nine others from other countries while visiting the Region were found out to have the disease. All the nine infected foreigners were expelled to their home countries,"
According to Qader, there are 15 patients who have been infected with the disease since 1986 till now and are currently under treatment. There is no cure or vaccine; however, antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy. While antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of death and complications from the disease, these medications are expensive and may be associated with side effects.
HIV/AIDS is a disease of the human immune system caused by infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). During the initial infection, a person may experience a brief period of influenzalike illness.
HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual intercourse (including anal and even oral sex), contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.
A lab staff conducts test for a patient diagnosed with AIDS.