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AIDS patients in Pakistan launch fight for better treatment

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:476
  1. Ashfaq Yusufzai
  1. Peshawar

    Patients in Pakistan with HIV or AIDS are trying to raise awareness of the disease and to push for more treatment.

    Thirty five year old Amina Bibi, whose husband died from AIDS last year, said that she had taken it as a personal challenge to raise awareness about the disease and remove the stigma associated with it in her country.

    According to data provided by the National Aids Control Programme, the total official number of cases is 2141—1897 HIV positive people and 244 with AIDS—since the start of the programme in 1990. “The real figures might increase terribly, if all people were tested for HIV, but the problem is that the people feared to be …

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