In Pakistan, A Nightmare Children’s Outbreak

The sudden spike of HIV cases among the children of Ratodero, Pakistan that began this spring is getting worse.

Nearly 500 children were confirmed to be infected with HIV in April, as reported by NPR at the time.

Now, nearly 900 under-12 children and more than 200 adults have been diagnosed as HIV positive. Those numbers will likely grow because fewer than a quarter of residents have been tested so far, The New York Times reports.  

Health officials initially pinned the outbreak on a pediatrician who was accused of reusing syringes. But visiting health workers say they saw many doctors reusing syringes and IV needles.

A lack of education about HIV has led to stigma and school classroom separations of children with HIV.

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