KARACHI, Nov 9 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 09th Nov, 2016 ) : The speakers in a seminar titled "HIV/Aids Awareness Programme" said HIV/Aids vulnerability was more prominent in age group of less than 25 years age people. The seminar was organised by International Union of food Workers (IUF) Pakistan here. According to the statement released here on Wednesday, the core objective of the seminar was to sensitize Unions, management on issue of HIV and aware them about preventive measures in lieu of discrimination.
Dr Aftab Ahmed from the Sindh Aids Control Programme said that AIDS was declared a disease in 1981 in USA however the evidence of HIV were found in preserved Plasma sample collected in 1959 in Central Africa. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV before they are 25 years and are killed by AIDS before they are 35, approximately 104,000 people are infected with HIV in Pakistan on contrary only 14,705 cases are reported, Dr Ahmed said.
In Sindh most cases are reported in Larkana and Karachi, he said. Sharing a total number of reported cases, he said 10,418 and registered cases are 5955 and the blood transfusion and Injections are also among main causes of HIV. In 1999, the disposable syringe has been banned in world (because it can be reused) and Auto disposable syringe (that cannot be used twice) are used but still in Pakistan big known hospitals are using disposable syringe because it is cheaper.
In June 2003 first outbreak of HIV infection reported in Larkana. At the end workers demanded a legislation for prevention of HIV/Aids they pledged to spread the knowledge among IUF affiliated unions, member and other co-workers. More than 50 participants from Pakistan Food Workers Federation (PFWF), Sindh Sugar mills Workers Federation (SSWF); Hotels, restaurants, Clubs, catering and Allied workers Federation (HRCT), All Sindh Agriculture Research Regional Employees Union, and Sindh Haryani Union attended this programme. APP/shb/anm