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Over 500 people test positive for HIV in Islamabad in last 10 months

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ISLAMABAD: A shocking number of 519 people have tested positive for HIV in Islamabad during the last 10 months — between January 1 to October 31 — officials said on Wednesday.

An official at the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C) told The Republic Policy that the majority of the number comprises young men between the age group of 18 to 25 years of age being categorised as men having sex with men (MSM) in addition to transgenders.

The federal health ministry official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media, claimed that of the 519 new HIV patients, around 40%-45% people are “young men in the age group of 18-25 years”, who were also involved in “unsafe sexual practices”.

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