Over 5,000 HIV/AIDS cases reported in Morocco

Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - A total of 5,319 HIV/AIDS cases were reported in Morocco at the end of September, with young women aged 15-24 making up 62 per cent of cases, according to Nadia Bezzad, chairperson of the Pan African AIDS Control Organisation (OPALS).  

In an interview published by Morocco's Arabic language daily "Al Massae" (Evening) on World AIDS Day, celebrated on 1 December, Bezzad said heterosexual sex was the main mode of transmission (87 per cent) in Morocco, a country with an estimated population of 30 million.

About 25 per cent of HIV-positive women were infected by their husbands, and the HIV prevalence rate among female sex workers is 2.4 per cent.

To tackle the scourge, OPALS is planning a series of prevention programmes for the groups most exposed to the risk of HIV infection, notably youths, women, migrants, refugee women and sex workers.

The Moroccan health ministry recently launched a strategic plan to control AIDS, with the aim to provide free HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment.

Over 33 million people are infected with the virus that caused AIDS worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

02 december 2010 11:28:41

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