Number Of HIV Cases In Kazakhstan Increases

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The number of new HIV cases in Kazakhstan has increased to 1,165 casesin the first six months of 2007, compared with 958 cases reported forthe same period in 2006, the Kazakhstan Statistics Agency recently reported, the Times of Central Asia reports.

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Accordingto official statistics, 181 new HIV cases were reported in July 2007,compared with 131 cases in July 2006. The increase especially wasprominent among children, as 40 new cases of HIV were reported in theJuly, an increase of 22 cases for the month in 2006. Roza Zhaukimova,an official with the regional administration in South KazakhstanOblast, warned that the increase in HIV cases most likely was linked tounsanitary blood transfusions (Times of Central Asia, 9/20).

AlthoughHIV prevalence is low in Central Asia compared with other former Sovietrepublics, experts have said the region could experience an increase incases if prevention is not made a priority (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/18).

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