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.

Where is he now? Ruben Rodriguez, June 2001 Cover“Look,” says Rodriguez, with his characteristic Brooklyn no-B.S. style, “I’ve survived more than 25 years in and out of prison, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, lymphoma, prostate cancer, living with hepatitis C, and all that life has thrown at me. I’m a blessed man.”

Where is he now? Ruben Rodriguez, June 2001 Cover

“Look,” says Rodriguez, with his characteristic Brooklyn no-B.S. style, “I’ve survived more than 25 years in and out of prison, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, lymphoma, prostate cancer, living with hepatitis C, and all that life has thrown at me. I’m a blessed man.”

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month! If you have hepatitis C or are co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV, you may be eligible for our observational study! Check out the enrolling studies section of our website for more details actgnetwork.org
#actg2014 #aids #hiv #hcv #hepatitis #research #health #science http://ift.tt/1mlhvst