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More than 85 per cent HIV infection through unprotected sex

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People gather around lit candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Kathmandu, November 30, 2016: More than 85 per cent of the total HIV infection in the country has been found transmitted from unprotected sex, a study by the National Centre or AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) revealed.

At a programme organized by NCASC here on Tuesday, Centre’s Director Dr Tarun Poudel shared that those who used shared needle or syringe and sex workers from LGBT group, inmates and those who are in foreign employment were at high risk of HIV infection.

The programme was organized on the eve of the World AIDS Day which is globally observed on December 1.

Furthermore, Dr Poudel stated that the HIV’s risk was increasing in the country due to lack of awareness and failure to observe precautions.

According to him, around 2,263 people with HIV/AIDS are reported to lose their life to the infection on average in a year in Nepal while every year 1,331 new HIV patients are registered.

A statistics shows that there are around 39,397 persons living with HIV as of December, 2015 while the number of people with HIV account to more than 30.67 million worldwide.

A total of 107 infants with HIV/AIDS were reported to have been born last year and they are undergoing treatment, according to NCASC.

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