52 new AIDS patients admitted in Islamabad

Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) As many as 52 new AIDS patients have been registered in the first four months of this year at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here in the capital.

The News International said the total number of patients registered at the PIMS Centre for Treatment and Prevention of AIDS since its establishment in 2005 has crossed 1,500.

Of the total 1,504 patients, 400 were intravenous drug users while AIDS through sexual transmission was found in 800. Among them, 1,240 are males, 240 females and 24 children.

As many as 597 patients with AIDS are undergoing treatment at the centre, including 412 males, 108 females and 18 children, said PIMS deputy director Wasim Ahmed Khawaja.

He said that in 2012, a total of 257 patients were registered at the centre.

He said 49 C-sections were done to save newborns from AIDS and all of them were found to be HIV-negative.

The concept that AIDS is incurable was wrong because there are a number of patients living a normal life on antiviral treatment, he added.

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