HIV Hits Massive Spike Among IDUs in Middle East/North Africa. Experts say epidemic is just beginning.
A new report shows that injection drug users in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Oman, Iran and Pakistan all have an HIV prevalence of up to 15 percent. In Pakistan, it’s 25 percent. And then there are countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria where HIV remains relatively rare among IDUs.
Experts also say they don’t even know how many people are passing around hepatitis C in the region along with it, but are guessing about 50 percent are infected with the blood-borne liver disease.