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The presence of HIV/AIDS in Malaysia is very real.

With a prevalence rate of 0.5%, that means you get a person afflicted with HIV virus for every 200 persons that you know. Now, i have 386 friends on facebook, so theoratically, i should know at least a person or 2 that is afflicted with the virus. Factor in the fact that we, the younger generation, that is simply sunk in an age of promiscuity, which is a valid and proven risk factor of contracting the HIV virus, as well as other STD causing agents.

Take a guess: which state of Malaysia has the highest number of HIV infected persons?

Are you done?  and very sure of your answer?

It’s Kedah.

  • smacks head* isn’t that shocking? And it’s supposed to be a Islamic state right?

(i don’t think you’ll be able to find this info on the net though, a little bird told me about it)

So, having said all that, how many HIV positive people do you think you know?

It’s not a choice for people to contract any disease, however, there ARE actions we can take to prevent diseases to reach an escalating level in the region.

The safest and proven way: Abstinence from sex

Or if you really have to do ‘it’, stay in a monogamous relationship.

I really do feel pity for those who contract the virus from their seemingly innocent spouses. I mean, what precaution can they take right?

Sigh

HIV/AIDS in Malaysia
Population, 2008 27,711,000
People living with HIV/AIDS, 2007 80,000
Women (aged 15+) with HIV/AIDS, 2007 21,000
Children with HIV/AIDS, 2007 nd
Adult HIV prevalence (%), 2007 0.5
AIDS deaths, 2007 3,900
nd = No data
Source: Population Reference Bureau & UNAIDS
Indicator Year Malaysia South & South-East Asia (R-1) World Source
Adults and children living with HIV (I-1)
(Est)
2007 80,000 4,200,000 33,000,000 UNAIDS, 2008
Adults (ages 15+) living with HIV (I-2)
(Est)
2007 79,000 4,100,000 30,800,000 UNAIDS, 2008
Women (ages 15+) living with HIV (I-3)
(Est)
2007 21,000 1,500,000 15,500,000 UNAIDS, 2008
Children (ages 0-14) living with HIV (I-4)
(Est)
2007 nd 140,000 2,000,000 UNAIDS, 2008
AIDS orphans currently living (ages 0-17) (I-5)
(Est)
2007 nd nd 15 000 000 UNAIDS, 2008
Adults and child AIDS deaths (I-6)
(Est)
2007 3,900 340,000 2,000,000 UNAIDS, 2008
nd = No data