HIV-AIDS in AfghanistanAt least 1,367 positive cases of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have been recorded in Afghanistan, according to the public health ministry of Afghanistan.

Public health officials called the latest statistics as worrying and said that majority of the individuals using syringes to inject drugs are affected from HIV virus.

Head of the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) department in public health ministry of Afghanistan, Dr. Fida Mohammad Paikan said majority of HIV positive cases have been recorded in capital Kabul while the lowest number of HIV postive cases have been recorded in western Badghis province of Afghanistan.

Dr. Paikan further added that the public health ministry of Afghanistan in cooperation with the UN World Health Organization and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime provide latest statistic on HIV positive cases annually.

He said at least 1,367 positive cases of HIV have been recorded until the end of 2011, Dr. Paikan said adding that the number could be more than this as the statistics include only those individuals who have volunteerly done the HIV tests.

Dr. Fida Mohammad Paikan said the latest data on 2012 will be released by the end of 2013.

According to public health officials, the first HIV positive case was recorded in Afghanistan earlier in 1989, and the virus is mainly transferred to Afghansitan by migrants who are coming to Afghanistan from the neighboring countries.

The officials are also saying that individuals addicted to drugs are mainly transferring the virus by using the single syringe for injecting drugs. Around 5,000 drug affected individuals are currently treated across the country in a bid to prevent the flow of HIV virus.