According to the National HIV Control Center, the number of HIV Cases patients has increased by more than 70 percent over the last seven years.
Approximately 17,000 cases of HIV were recorded in Pakistan at the beginning of 2016. However, by 2022, the figure had risen to 59,000. This substantial increase warrants immediate action.
In addition, the data shows that the majority of HIV infections occurred in Punjab where the number of cases soared by 80 percent from 6,875 in 2016 to over 31,000 in 2022. Baluchistan also experienced a similar increase in HIV cases, from 345 in 2016 to 1,759 in 2022.
From 5,183 HIV patients in 2016 to 16,765 HIV patients in 2022, Sindh experienced a 69 percent increase. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the number of patients increased by more than 50 percent from 2,384 in 2016 to over 5,000 in 2022. According to the WHO Islamabad had a high HIV infection rate increasing from 2,227 in 2016 to 3,711 in 2022.
Pakistan’s healthcare industry is on a worrying trajectory and it is imperative that immediate action is taken to address the fundamental causes of HIV transmission. To maintain the well-being of the country’s people increasing awareness and taking action to prevent and control the development of this disease are critical.
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