Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kelantan continues to be one of the states with the highest number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases in the country, said newly-appointed Malaysian AIDS Council president Datuk Dr Raj Karim.
Dr Raj said the high number of cases was partly due to the location of the state which borders Thailand.
"Many men cross over to the neighbouring country, especially Sungai Golok and Hat Yai, without the knowledge of their wives, and then passed HIV and AIDS to them," she said after closing a basic business workshop for HIV and AIDS patients here yesterday.
The three-day workshop was organised by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
Dr Raj said HIV and AIDS had crept into domestic society in the country.
She said this was clear with the 10-fold rise in the percentage of women infected with HIV in the last decade.