The rate of infection with the AIDS virus is increasing in Asia. Fueled by a increasing sex trade more than 8 million people now live with the virus
in the region according to the United Nations. The increase in the last two years was over 1 million alone. The majority of those infected (5.1
million) live in India.
BANGKOK (AFP) - The booming sex trade has contributed to an HIV/AIDS crisis in Asia with more than eight million people now living with the virus and
numbers rising sharply among women, the United Nations reported.
The number of infected Asians jumped by one million over the past two years, bringing the regional total to 8.2 million, according to an annual AIDS
epidemic report by UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation.
Some 5.1 million of those live in India, the highest number in the world except for South Africa. The virus is spreading fastest in Asia and Eastern
China had some 220,000 new infections since 2002 to take the total to 840,000. Infections among East Asian women jumped by 56 percent over the same
period, representing the largest global increase for women.
Asia, the world's most populous region with 3.9 billion people, has long been identified by the UN as prone to an epidemic which threatens to be as
bad as in sub-Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of the people with HIV.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Asia is rapidly becoming a flashpoint for AIDS. If the infection rate continues unabated the region could exceed Africa in the number of cases within
the decade. China alone has almost a million and some experts believe that the number of those infected may be even higher. India has also been
accused of underreporting their numbers as well.
There is a commom theme between Africa and India when it comes to the rapid increase in the number of infected - the resistance to wearing condoms.
Education is the best way to overcome this resistance.
This content community relies on user-generated content from our member contributors. The opinions of our members are not those of site ownership who maintains strict editorial agnosticism and simply provides a collaborative venue for free expression.