Journal of
General and Molecular Virology

  • Abbreviation: J. Gen. Mol. Virol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6648
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGMV
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 37


AIDS crisis in Pakistan

Syeda Samra Iqbal Jaferi, Muhammad Ilyas and Muhammad Idrees
Center of Excellence in Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 11 September 2009
  •  Published: 30 October 2009



The estimated number of HIV patients in Pakistan is ~80,000 that is about 0.1% of the adult population of the country. Although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS seems to be low but still the country is at high risk as the potential for a widespread epidemic is high due to contamination risk factors common in this country like other countries with high HIV prevalence. These risk factors include, low literacy, poverty, high fertility, low contraception uptake and poor access to health and education. This current review establishes the presence of HIV among all four provinces of Pakistan and further necessitates detailed behavioral study for risk assessment in subpopulation. The society in general needs to debate the issues through conferences, seminars, workshops and media for enhancing awareness.


Key words: AIDS, precautions, awareness, Pakistan.