On World AIDS Day, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) disclosed that 22 individuals in the Maldives are presently receiving treatment for AIDS. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was first identified in the Maldives in 1991.
The HPA’s statistics, released on World AIDS Day, revealed that a total of 40 people have been diagnosed with the disease in the Maldives as of the previous year. Among them, six are women, and 34 are men. Regrettably, 15 individuals have succumbed to the illness, while 22 are actively undergoing treatment. The report did not provide information on the status of the remaining three individuals.
Since 2004, the Maldives has offered antiretroviral treatment for HIV, and this treatment is provided free of charge. Additionally, pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment is also available in the country. The HPA continues to work towards public awareness and health initiatives to address and manage AIDS cases in the Maldives.