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HIV/AIDS

03 August 2011

HIV epidemics emerging in Middle East, North Africa

HIV epidemics are emerging among gay and bisexual men in the Middle East and North Africa and high levels of risky sexual behaviour threaten to spread the Aids virus in the region.

HIV epidemics are emerging among gay and bisexual men in the Middle East and North Africa and high levels of risky sexual behaviour threaten to spread the Aids virus further in the region, researchers said.

The researchers stressed the need for at-risk countries to act quickly to expand HIV surveillance and access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment services for men who have sex with men in an effort to halt further spread.

HIV data in these regions not made public

There is little published data on the Middle East and North African regions and Ghina Mumtaz, who led the study with colleague Laith Abu-Raddad, said this had been driving misconceptions that there is no reliable information at all.

 

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