ISLAMABAD: A total of 7,854 patients of AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) have been registered in various hospitals of the country by April.
A document of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination placed in Parliament said the total registered AIDS patients in Islamabad are 1,516 and 1,792 patients have been registered in Lahore, 242 in Sargodha, 383 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 26 in Faisalabad, 200 in Gujrat, 1,104 in Peshawar, 168 in Kohat, 1,967 in Karachi, 312 in Larkana and 144 patients have been registered in the hospitals of Quetta.
The document available with APP said the government has made elaborated arrangements for the treatment of AIDS patients. Anti Retroviral Medicines (ARVs) and test kits have so far been provided to 18 aids treatment centres.
The government has ensured the counseling of individuals, couples and families of the vulnerable. The patients have been provided lab diagnostics and CD4 and Viral Load and Rapid Testing.
AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a disease caused by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The illness alters the immune system, making people much more vulnerable to infections and diseases. This susceptibility worsens as the disease progresses.
Both the virus and the disease are often referred to together as HIV/AIDS. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. As a result, some will then develop AIDS. The development of numerous opportunistic infections in an AIDS patient can ultimately lead to death.