KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The numbers of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-affected people in southern Kandahar province is 44, including five women, an official said on Monday.
Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Qayyum Pukhla said this at a gathering marking International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day in Kandahar City.
He said around 1,693 people were affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the country, with 44 in Kandahar. So far, 50 people have lost their lives to HIV in Afghanistan.
Pukhla said that the use of illicit drugs, illegal sexual relations, unawareness, poverty and porous borders were the main causes of HIV spread in the country.