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70,000 Sudanese are HIV positive: WHO

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June 27, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said recent statistics show that the number of people living with HIV in Sudan have now reached 70,000 people.

The WHO representative in Khartoum Dr Anshu Banerjee said during a regional workshop on increasing access to HIV treatment that the statistical study was conducted in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Banerjee pointed out that only 11% of people living with HIV are receiving treatment, explaining that WHO in collaboration with the Sudanese Ministry of Health developed plans to increase the number of people receiving treatment.

The Minister of Health Bahr Idriss Abu Garda affirmed Sudan’s commitment to supporting and protecting people living with HIV through a strategy that lasts for two years adding that his ministry was in the process of increasing examination centers and treatment in the country to meet the growing numbers of people seeking to get tested.

Abu Garda also said that recent indications point to a significant improvement in the fight against the virus.

In the same context, the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Human Rights Muaz Tango said that efforts to enact legislation and laws to protect HIV positive individuals from the stigma and discrimination and treat them as citizens who enjoy all the rights under the law.

HIV/AIDS is still considered a taboo in the Sudanese society and the parliament rejected proposal to make male condoms more available on the grounds that it will encourage premarital sex.

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  • 1 July 2013 07:27, by Son of Ngundeng

    I believed the number is not correct.

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    • 1 July 2013 08:14, by Mading Makuac

      @son of ngundeng,do u think the number is increased or reduced?

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      • 1 July 2013 14:53, by Son of Ngundeng

        the number is more than that.

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    • 2 July 2013 08:35, by Kedo

      ADVICE: Do something for yourself. Don’t waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the methods and companies that she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) Wake Up Africans

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  • 1 July 2013 08:43, by Observer

    What a typical head in the sand approach from some of our government.
    What is the basis and the logic for saying that having more condoms available will promote more pre- marital sex?
    Just another stupid decision with no logical basis.

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  • 1 July 2013 09:51, by Marco Bul

    This organisation (WHO) bluffs in order to raise the demand for condoms! Avail permanent treatment N you’ll b uphold.

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    • 1 July 2013 13:04, by Paul Ongee

      The number is too low because there is no any "virgins/Banat Fatah" in Sudan. Sudanese shouldn’t lie to the world that their marriage is based solely upon virginity. That was misconception of the 20th Century. The report is not expected to provoke debate between WHO and the Government of Sudan (GoS); it’s the reality of how pre-marital sex is promoted in Sudan by Sharia law.

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  • 1 July 2013 12:58, by wieu-madiak

    Now People of Khartoum will not com to south sudan beceause they may com and affect south sudanese with HIV aids.

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    • 1 July 2013 18:04, by Northern Sudanese

      wieu-madiak
      hahahaha listen right, all the HIV’s in sudan are in fact imported from your landlocked shithole called south sudan :) go check the latest hiv figures of your landlocked shithole, in addition to that, you have less than a 100 doctors for your whole landlocked shithole, why should anyone enter that aids exporting shit ?

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    • 1 July 2013 18:14, by Northern Sudanese

      International HIV alliance quotes
      ’’The HIV epidemic in South Sudan is categorised as a generalised epidemic, with a prevalence rate of 3% at the end of 2010. An estimated 128,000 people are living with HIV. The epidemic is worst in Western Equatoria and the southern part of the country. Here rates are as high as 10% compared with less than 1% in more rural central areas.’’
      in your face bitch :D

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  • 1 July 2013 17:22, by American Missile.

    People of Sudan should stop immorality,otherwise,the people who Bashir is proud of,are dying of HIV/AIDS.
    Mr.President, can you stop embark on taking care of your people who are almost to be infected,and stop quarreling with South Sudan.

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    • 1 July 2013 18:07, by Northern Sudanese

      how about you focusing on treating you own people? south sudan has the highest mortality rate and worst humanitarian health crisis in the world with less than a 100 doctors for over 8 million people! 70,000 (even if it was true) is only 0.2% of sudans population :)

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    • 2 July 2013 12:27, by Agutmajak

      Let sharia law protect the Sudanese muslim from HIV/AIDS infection in Sudan. Even Mr.president Omar bashir is HIV postive. let them die, pliz WHO don’t help stupid jalaby in Sudan.

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  • 1 July 2013 18:11, by Northern Sudanese

    International HIV alliance quotes
    ’’The HIV epidemic in South Sudan is categorised as a generalised epidemic, with a prevalence rate of 3% at the end of 2010. An estimated 128,000 people are living with HIV. The epidemic is worst in Western Equatoria and the southern part of the country. Here rates are as high as 10% compared with less than 1% in more rural central areas.’’

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    • 1 July 2013 19:58, by Nibs

      Great, they’re doing really well. However, that number(70,000) should have been multiple by a hundred. Fortunately the number HIV/AIDS victims in that country will be overwhelming in few days due to rapid growth of gayism in Sudan.

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      • 2 July 2013 09:28, by Northern Sudanese

        Nibshit
        you know that I have always considered you just a kid, just because gayism is part of your culture in south sudan, men are too poor and can’t afford to give 10 cows for the girls father, therefor they rather go gay! gayism doesn’t exist in sudan, if there is then prove but at the mean time, try to help your HIV affected people :)

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  • 2 July 2013 06:15, by Joseph Canada

    what happen to the Sheria Law? The prostitution is Sudan within Arab women and Homosexuality of men and men have now revealed the Origin of Arabs Mohammed Law. How how are you going to called those HiV Positives? Harams, or Seremuta?

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    • 2 July 2013 09:32, by Northern Sudanese

      Joseph shit
      there is an enormous number of south sudanese still in sudan, due to the fact that because they are christians they can’t marry sudanese girls, they would probably go gay :)
      our population is 3 times yours, yet we have faaar lower number of HIV affected people :)

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      • 2 July 2013 13:34, by Agutmajak

        Mr. stupidy northern Sudanese, HIV/AIDS will kill you all becoz you married very closed relatives/blood whereby you have sexual with men to men and brothers with cousins, sisters ,daughters with their uncle fuck your relatives Mr. Northern Sudanese HIV/AIDS will killed all Sudanese in Sudan.

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        • 2 July 2013 13:37, by Agutmajak

          Mr. HIV/AIDS FUCK all Sudanese in Khartoum!

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  • 2 July 2013 23:39, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I hopes Omar Bashir is HIV positive with his fucken Vice President Ali Osman Taha.

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