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Botuar: E mėrkurė, 07 dhjetor 2005 - 15:02 CET

Vazhdon pėrhapja e AIDS

Infection rates are rising slowly but inexorably, all over Asia. And even Thailand, which did well in reducing its rates of infection, still has high rates among some vulnerable groups in the population. This year's report highlights the deadly association between injecting drug use and prostitution right across Asia.

One recent study in China found at least half of female drug users had engaged in commercial sex, and a high percentage of male drug users typically frequent prostitutes. A study in Surubaya, Indonesia, found that 80% of male injecting drug users bought sex, and that hardly any of them used a condom.

So the AIDS virus spreads through the use of dirty needles, and is then passed on to prostitutes, who infect their other clients. The point at which those other clients go home and pass the virus to their wives and girlfriends is the moment at which the disease moves out of the high risk groups into the general population, and this is the greatest risk in Asia.

The report says that far more efforts are needed to target high risk groups and encourage safer behaviour; but in Indonesia, for instance, if you carry a clean needle the police are likely to arrest you for being a drug addict; a woman carrying a condom will be arrested as a prostitute, all of which just encourages the spread of the disease.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
AIDS

inexorably
nė mėnyrė tė vazhdueshme

reducing its rates of infection
duke ulur numrin e rasteve tė tė infektuarve

vulnerable groups
grupet qė janė mė nė rrezik tė preken

association
lidhje

prostitution
prostitucion

typically frequent
qė zakonisht shkojnė me ...

a condom
prezervativ

needles
gjilpėra, shiringa

to target
kam nė shėnjestėr, vė nė shėnjestėr