This year’s slogan for the day is “Let’s raise hands of unity, let’s prevent AIDS.”
On the occasion, the STI/AIDS Network of Bangladesh, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and various NGOs brought out a processions from the Shahabag intersection on Thursday morning and paraded different thoroughfares before ending at Osmani Udyan.
The reported number of HIV positive cases in the country was 4,143 with estimated number of nearly 9,000, according to the statistics of UNAIDS Bangladesh.
According to the Mukta Akash Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, Tuberculosis patients are at high risk of the deadly disease Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Already three Tuberculosis patients in Khulna have been affected with HIV virus recently.
According to the NGO, the numbers of HIV positive people are increasing day by day due to lack of consciousness.
In last one year from December 31, 2015 to November 30, 2016, a total of 51 people, including 10 children were infected by HIV/AIDS in Khulna.
Abu Mohammad Ali Javed, councilor and administrator of Mukta Akash Bangladesh, told the Dhaka Tribune that three Tuberculosis patients had been infected with HIV/AIDS recently.
Terming Tuberculosis virus as nearly same as the HIV, he said: “A total of 37 people were infected with HIV virus in last one year from December 31, 2015 to November 30, 2016 in Khulna. Six of the affected died during the tenure.”
Rehana Begum, co-coordinator of Mukta Akash Bangladesh, said: “A total of 69 people in the area are HIV positive and six of them already died. Most the infected are residents of Narail, Jessore, Satkhira and Bagerhat.”
Senior Health Officer of Khulna Md Abul Kalam Azad, said: “In 2015 there were 25 HIV positive people in Khulna. In this year, 51 more people were infected with the virus.”
Sources of World Vision Bangladesh said about 5.1 millon Indian are infected with HIV. Everyday nearly thousands truck driver entered Bangladesh and most of them are HIV infected. These drivers sometimes engaged in physical relation with Bangladeshi girls without using any protection. Not only this, in last two years, from 2014 to 2016, total 2,234 people in India have been infected by the HIV.
Earlier, experts warned that Bangladesh is a low HIV prevalence country with several well-documented at-risk groups, the most prominent of which is brothel-based sex workers and injecting drug users. Although prevalence rate is remaining low in the country, it is surrounded by nations with much higher prevalence rates and with its own at-risk population.
The World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year to raise awareness about acute immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) caused by HIV, and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the endemic.
The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to disseminate information about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV prevention, treatment and care around the world, particularly in high prevalence countries.
Nasim: Bangladesh must continue efforts to end AIDS by 2030
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim today said Bangladesh has been successful in controlling HIV and AIDS and it must continue the existing efforts to end these sexually transmitted diseases by 2030.
“The government along with local and international organizations would be able to free the country from HIV and AIDS,” he told a discussion in the Osmani Memorial Auditorium here.