“According to local data released in November 2019, the number of people living with HIV in Egypt is 13,000,” said National AIDS Program member Faten Bayoumi at the 31st AIDS Day in Cairo on December 1.
About 7,800 of HIV patients receive medication and are aged between 25 and 35 years old, representing 42 percent of all cases detected voluntarily.
For his side, WHO Representative in Cairo John Jabbour said that Egypt is one of the countries where the disease is least prevalent, with 0.02 percent of the total population. However, there has been an annual increase of newly discovered cases by about 25-35 percent every year over the past 10 years.
“To avoid this increase, two main facts need to be worked out; first, modernization of disease detection strategies and the use of modern testing methods in various health facilities; second, increasing awareness of the risk of HIV infection.”
Jabbour stated that the Egyptian Government has taken a historic step in 2014 to provide treatment through government funding. He explained that the organization supports the Egyptian Government to strengthen its health systems and help it to progress towards universal health coverage so that all individuals would have access to the services they need without facing financial difficulties.