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- Thursday, October 13, 2011 - From Print Edition


JAMRUD: The number of HIV/AIDS registered cases in Fata has reached 186 including 18 children and 50 women, an official of the AIDS Control Programme said on Wednesday.


Talking to The News, Dr Raj Wali said the disease was on the rise in Fata, adding that the tribesmen contracted the killer disease during their stay in the Gulf countries and Europe.


The infected persons transmitted it to their wives, who gave birth to HIV/AIDS infected babies, he said. He said the number of the infected persons could be higher as most of the people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata were reluctant to get registered due to the stigma attached with the disease.


Dr Raj Wali said the risk factors were very high and the disease was spreading in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.


He said those registered with the AIDS Control Programme were being provided free medicines.