13,000 Egyptians Living with HIV/AIDS reveals Ministry of Health.

CAIRO: 13,000 Egyptians suffer from HIV ( Human immunodeficiency virus) as reported by the Ministry of Health and Population and compared to other middle eastern countries, Egypt is said to have the fastest-growing epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA).

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Article at A Glance 

  • 13,000 Egyptians suffer from HIV/AIDS.
  • Number of HIV/AIDS cases in Egypt increase faster than other countries in the Middle East North Africa Region (MENA). 
  • Ministry of Health Egypt and World Health Organisation increased the effort to combat the rise in HIV cases. 
  • More cases of HIV reported in Cairo and Alexandria. 
  • Human rights watch raised concerns about the availability of AIDS drugs for patients with HIV.

CAIRO: 13,000 Egyptians suffer from HIV ( Human immunodeficiency virus) as reported by the Ministry of Health and Population and compared to other middle eastern countries, Egypt is said to have the fastest-growing epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA).

Mobile Clinics, funded in Egypt by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Out of this number, 7,800 were currently undergoing treatment and receiving antiviral therapy medication (ART). And about 42 percent of the total cases are in the 25-35 age group.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health and Population has informed its efforts to raise awareness among the population have been improved, in line with Egypt’s Sustainable Development Goal for 2030, to limit the spread of AIDS 2030.

In September, the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt arranged a training course in cooperation with the World Health Organisation, to diagnose and treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). “We have organised the training to build doctors’ capabilities in clinical care for AIDS patients as per the WHO norms. Updated treatment protocols and guidelines for diagnosis were discussed in training,” said Khaled Megahed, Media Spokesperson for Health Ministry.

In addition to the 14, AIDS treatment centres situated in the country Ministry of Health has announced 13 new AIDS treatment facilities in different governates of the country. Strengthening the commitment, ministry of health will launch a digital system to record countries’ AIDS Patient data and treatment update and to ensure a better follow-up with the patient and increase information accessibility, said the Ministry official to HealthWeek Arabia.

Graph showing People Living with HIV in Egypt – Source : UNAIDS

Low HIV Prevalence

Egypt is a low-HIV-prevalence nation with less than 1% of the population reported to be HIV positive. However, some studies have shown that the epidemic is concentrated in two major cities of Egypt – Cairo and Alexandria among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.

UNAIDS, UNICEF and other public agencies working under the Egyptian National AIDS Program (NAP) fear there may be a significant rise in HIV cases in the near future. In this traditional society, where adultery is punishable by law and homosexuals are punished, sex is believed to occur only between husband and wife, as the Muslim majority and the Coptic Christian minority believe. However, with the current economic downturn, the changing socio-economic environment has contributed to a delay in the marriage age, leading to an increase in risky behaviour.

HIV and COVID-19

In the meantime, human rights watch recently raised concerns about the availability of AIDS drugs for patients with HIV and urged the Egyptian authorities to ensure that people living with HIV can continue to access life-saving medicines.

“We have organised the training to build doctors’ capabilities in clinical care for AIDS patients as per the WHO norms.”

Khaled Megahed, Media Spokesperson for Health Ministry

In March, Egyptian Cabinet designated fever hospitals where people living with HIV go typically for treatment and only centres where HIV patients can get these medications as testing & quarantine centres for COVID-19. Egyptians living with HIV told Human Rights Watch that they are “too afraid” to go there to get their medicine because of the fear of contracting coronavirus. This includes the three fever hospitals in Cairo-the Imbaba, Abbassiya, and Helwan hospitals.

“The government of Egypt should remove any obstacles to access to treatment for people living with HIV,” said Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. “The government should ensure that people already facing health concerns can get their medication safely.”

Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch

“The government of Egypt should remove any obstacles to access to treatment for people living with HIV,” said Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. “The government should ensure that people already facing health concerns can get their medication safely.”

Simultaneously, Healthcare professionals have cautioned HIV-positive individuals with low CD4 levels, who receive little or no antiretroviral therapy, may have a higher susceptibility for contracting coronavirus. READ MORE ABOUT COVID-19 and HIV.

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