1,233 new cases of AIDS in Saudi Arabia last year

April 9, 2013

(AP)—The head of Saudi Arabia's AIDS charity foundation says the country saw 1,233 new cases of the disease last year.

In remarks published Tuesday in the state-owned Okaz newspaper, Dr. Sanaa bin Mustafa Flimban said 96 percent of in Saudi Arabia contracted AIDS through .

She added that a total of 850 Saudi women are infected in the kingdom, all of whom contracted the disease from their husbands. Eighty percent discovered they had AIDS only after pregnancy.

For years, Saudi Arabia released no AIDS statistics. Despite changes over the past decade, talk of sex and is taboo in the conservative Muslim nation. The UNDP says nearly 10,000 cases of AIDS or HIV, the virus that causes it, have been reported in Saudi Arabia since 1986.

Explore further: Saudi Arabia confirms 2nd case of SARS-like virus

shares

Related Stories

Saudi Arabia confirms 2nd case of SARS-like virus

November 5, 2012
(AP)—Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry has confirmed that a second person in the kingdom has contracted a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to three the number of those sickened by it in the Gulf region in recent ...

WHO advising Saudis on virus ahead of Hajj

September 26, 2012
The UN health agency said Wednesday it knew of no more cases in the Gulf of a mystery illness from the same virus family as the deadly SARS but was advising Saudi Arabia ahead of the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi take steps to thwart epidemic at hajj: report

October 1, 2012
Saudi Arabia has taken measures to deal with any epidemic that may break out during the annual hajj pilgrimage, a minister said in remarks published Monday, stressing that the spread of a mystery illness from the same family ...

Saudi man cured of SARS family virus, ministry says

November 4, 2012
A Saudi man has been cured after he was diagnosed with a mystery illness from the same family as the deadly SARS virus and from which one person died, the kingdom's health ministry said on Sunday.

Recommended for you

Long-acting injectable implant shows promise for HIV treatment and prevention

October 9, 2018
A persistent challenge in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention is medication adherence – getting patients to take their medication as required to get the best results.

Scientists develop rapid test for diagnosing tuberculosis in people with HIV

October 8, 2018
An international team that includes Rutgers scientists has made significant progress in developing a urine diagnostic test that can quickly, easily and inexpensively identify tuberculosis infection in people also infected ...

Researchers uncover new role of TIP60 protein in controlling tumour formation

October 8, 2018
Scientists from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a new molecular pathway that controls colorectal cancer development, and their exciting ...

Combination therapy targets latent reservoir of HIV

October 3, 2018
With more than 35 million people worldwide living with the virus and nearly 2 million new cases each year, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains a major global epidemic. Existing antiretroviral drugs do not cure ...

Anti-integrin therapy effect on intestinal immune system in HIV-infected patients

October 3, 2018
In a study published today in Science Translational Medicine, Mount Sinai researchers describe for the first time a mechanism that may shrink collections of immune cells in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, called lymphoid ...

No 'reservoir': Detectable HIV-1 in treated human liver cells found to be inert

October 1, 2018
In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Johns Hopkins report that a certain liver immune cell called a macrophage contains only defective or inert HIV-1 copies, and aren't likely to restart infection on their own in ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.