HIV/AIDS is a viral and incurable disease which often occurs as a result of sexual intercourse with an affected person, use of tainted injections and barber’s instruments.
Dr. Shoaib Sahak, deputy director of public health for Nangarhar, discussed the prevention of AIDS in the province on World AIDS Day on Tuesday.
He said the marking this day represented the government’s commitment to preventing the disease and removing pessimism among patients.
So far 257 suspected AIDS cases have been reported across the province, 149 of them confirmed, he said. Those affected include 48 percent men, 22 percent women and 10 percent children under 13.
Nangarhar Civil Hospital Director Dr. Noor Hassan Basharyar said several centers were active for the prevention of AIDS in Jalalabad and districts of the province.
VCCT and BPHS centers are functional in district centers, two DIC centers in Nangarhar central jail and PMTCT center -- preventing transmission of HIV from mother to child are situated in the provincial capital and districts.
Officials of the Afghanistan Labourers Association also marked World AIDS Day and visited barber shops and dental clinics as part of efforts to promote public awareness.
Dr. Mohammad Liaqat Adil, head of the association, told Pajhwok Afghan News barbers and dentists had a major role in transmission of the deadly virus. He warned many more people would be affected if hygienic principles were ignored.
Adil asked the government to remain committed to international conventions and give workers their rights.
A total of 2,522 AIDS cases were registered in Afghanistan this year.