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Tuesday June 22, 2010

Use condoms to reduce number of cases, state advises HIV/AIDS couples

USE a condom if you have HIV/AIDS to avoid having children who are infected with the virus.

That is the suggestion from the Kelantan state government, which also launched a campaign earlier this year discouraging people from falling in love with HIV carriers in a move to reduce the numbers of those infected in the state.

Its Women Development, Family and Health committee chairman Wan Ubaidah Omar, in issuing the advice, said the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the state was on the rise, adding that this was the reason why more education was needed for target groups.

“Couples with HIV should not have children. This will give rise to the unwanted statistics, which are already alarming,” she said during the question-and-answer session yesterday.

She said that another reason for the high number of infections was because of a prison in Pengkalan Chepa, which had 609 inmates with HIV/AIDS.

From this, 209 prisoners were infected through injecting drug use while the rest were infected from sexual intercourse.

Wan Ubaidah was answering a question from Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar (BN-Pengkalan Kubor), who asked whether the state government was aware that Kelantan had the highest number of HIV/AIDS patients in Malaysia.

To a supplementary question by Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mahmood (PAS-Gaal) whether the state government encouraged the use of condoms among students who were sexually active to curb the spread of the disease, she said illicit sex was against Islam and it was doing its best to discourage such activities and return the youth to the true path of the religion.

“Among the reasons for such occurrences are the Internet and television and entertainment activities that contribute to sexual activities among the younger generation and the government will continue with its campaign to educate the younger generation about the ills of illicit sex,” she added.

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