HIV/AIDS in Pakistan: the battle begins


Rai MA, Warraich HJ, Ali SH, Nerurkar VR. HIV/AIDS in Pakistan: the battle begins. Retrovirology. 2007;4 :22.

Date Published:

Mar 21


Pakistan, the second most populous Muslim nation in the world, has started to finally experience and confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The country had been relatively safe from any indigenous HIV cases for around two decades, with most of the infections being attributable to deported HIV positive migrants from the Gulf States. However, the virus finally seems to have found a home-base, as evidenced by the recent HIV outbreaks among the injection drug user community. Extremely high-risk behavior has also been documented among Hijras (sex workers) and long-distance truck drivers. The weak government response coupled with the extremely distressing social demographics of this South-Asian republic also helps to compound the problem. The time is ripe now to prepare in advance, to take the appropriate measures to curtail further spread of the disease. If this opportunity is not utilized right now, little if at all could be done later.


Rai, Mohammad AWarraich, Haider JAli, Syed HNerurkar, Vivek RengG12 RR003061-205811/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/G12 RR003061-198157/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/G12 RR003061-217768/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/P20 RR018727-029001/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/P20 RR018727-047376/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/P20 RR018727/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/P20 RR018727-039001/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/G12 RR003061/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/EnglandRetrovirology. 2007 Mar 21;4:22. doi: 10.1186/1742-4690-4-22.