KUALA BERANG: Unsafe sex has been recognized because the main cause behind HIV/AIDS infections in the nation, says Dr Anita Suleiman (pic).
According to the Health Ministry’s HIV/STI/Hepatitis C Sector head, the sample of HIV/AIDS infections in the final 10 years has modified considerably, the place instances of an infection brought on by the use of needles are now not the largest contributor.
On the opposite hand, 95% of the instances detected every year contain infections attributable to unsafe sex, particularly amongst gay people.
“The drop in infection cases involving drug addicts is due to several factors, including the government’s continuous efforts through the Needle Syringe Exchange programme and Methadone Replacement Therapy, implemented in 2006,” she mentioned when met on the Baitul Cakna Aidilfitri open home in Kampung Pelandan, right here, Sunday (May 22).
Also current have been the chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman and Terengganu Health director Datuk Dr Kasemani Embong.
Dr Anita additionally mentioned that, as of December 2020, a complete of 125,878 HIV/AIDS sufferers have been recorded nationwide, with 90% of them being males.
However, she mentioned, the precise quantity was estimated to be a lot increased, as there have been nonetheless many sufferers who have been ashamed and refused to register with the Health Ministry for therapy.
“Society’s stigma against HIV/AIDS patients is still rampant, despite the fact that the disease is no longer dangerous and causes infection in the community.
“This stigma needs to be eradicated immediately, because with modern treatment methods available today, this disease is no longer a major threat, in fact, those with diabetes require more careful and thorough care than HIV/AIDS patients,” she mentioned. – Bernama