PESHAWAR - A total of 16,000 people were suffering from of HIV/AIDS in Khyber Paktunkhwa, while only 1747 HIV infected people have been registered with the HIV Treatment Centers for care and support services in the province.

Among these registered cases 1239 are men, 427 are women and 81 are children. Peshawar with 228 cases is on top followed by Bannu with 110 cases.

This was revealed by officials of KP AIDs Control programme cell, during a seminar held here in connection with the World AIDs Day at the Press Club Sunday.

On the occasion, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Director Health Services, Dr Pervaiz was chief guest, while other speakers included Director provincial health services Dr Ali Haider, representative of Unicef Dr Abdul Jamil, and Dr Mustafa Jadoon.

Dr Jadoon said the HIV epidemic is rapidly expanding and has affected 35 million people worldwide.

He informed Pakistan is in a ‘concentrated phase’ of the epidemic, which means HIV is concentrated among certain population groups. The key affected population groups include Injecting Drug Users (27.2% HIV positive), Trans Genders / Hijra Sex Workers (7.2%), Male Sex Workers (1.6%) and Female Sex Workers (0.6%) as per the last HIV/AIDS national survey (HASP’s IBBS Round IV 2011).

Dr Jadoon further said the HIV prevalence among general adult population is still below 0.1%. However, according to the latest national HIV estimates, there are approximately 97,400 cases of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan while the HIV positive people ever registered for treatment & care are 9,865 across Pakistan. Out of these cases, 5351 are taking ARV medicines, which reflects on the size of the possible hidden HIV population and the magnitude of effort needed in order to address the stigma of HIV/AIDS in order to control the disease in Pakistan.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he informed the estimated number of HIV positive people is around 16,000 while only 1747 HIV positive people have been registered with the HIV Treatment Centers till date for care and support services in the province.

DG Health Service, Dr Pervaiz said that the provincial government is committed for the control of the disease in the province. He added it has adapted a more sustainable approach and has merged the Provincial HIV/AIDS Control Programme into the regular health system.

He maintained two HIV Treatment and Care Centers are operational in the province - Hayatabad Medical Complex and Kohat/KDA District Headquarter Hospital.