Tajikistan Unjustly Bullish on Fight Against HIV
Tajikistan has declared an oddly premature victory over HIV/AIDS even as the spread of the disease continues in alarming fashion.
State news agency Khovar elected to mark World AIDS Day on December 1 with an editorial piece entitled “AIDS Sleeping Already: Number of HIV Infections on the Decline.”
Government representatives queried by Khovar praised what they say are the state’s efforts to do everything possible for the ill by providing them with free treatment.
“According to statistics, the number of people infected with HIV in these years have become substantially lower and the measures adopted by the government have returned substantial results,” Kobiljon Mahmudov, the director of the Health Ministry’s Republican Center for Prophylaxis and Combat Against HIV, told Khovar.
While it is impossible to know if Mahmudov is being misquoted, the assertion that HIV infections are declining is disconcertingly inaccurate.
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