Observing World AIDS Day [Archives:1998/49/Local News]

December 7 1998

Organized by the Ministry of Health and the WHO office in Yemen, a meeting was held in Sanaa on the World AIDS Day, on December 1st. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Health, Deputy Ministers, WHO representative in Yemen, the UK ambassador in Sanaa, and other people representing different governmental, non-governmental, organizations.
A delegation, sent by the UN AIDS in September 1997 to Yemen found that AIDS began to spread seriously in Yemen. Other information indicate that the spread of AIDS in Yemen is related to prostitution and anal sexual intercourse. Most HIV victims in Yemen used to live in African or Gulf countries. It is reported there are some 600 AIDS patients under treatment in Yemen.