File- About 36.7 million people in the world were living with HIV in 2016, but fewer than 21 million people had access to antiretrovirals, according to UNAIDS
CAIRO- 3 December 2021: Egypt is one of the countries experiencing a significant decrease in the rate of HIV ((human immunodeficiency virus) infection, as the prevalence rate is less than 1%, said the Ministry of Health and Population on Thursday.
The Ministry’s data was released as it coincides with World AIDS Day, the 1st of December.
Egypt is abide by the goals of the global strategy to combat “AIDS” and the achievements of sustainable development, which aim to eliminate this disease by 2030, said Ministry of Health Spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar in the statement.
The Ministry is providing the required care and treatment services for the infected people through 27 centers nationwide, he said, adding that additional 24 centers are available all over the country for providing consultations and optional testing services.
Last year, the Ministry revealed that up to 13,000 Egyptians are living with HIV, stating that out of 13,000 Egyptian, only 7,800 are receiving treatments, and that the highest age group among patients is between the ages of 25 and 35 years old, representing 42 percent of the total cases of infections.