Eleven AIDS cases recorded in Kur­dis­tan in 2012

Two peo­ple from Kur­dis­tan re­port­edly have been in­fected with the disease since 2012

The Kurdish Globe - - REGIONAL -

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.

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