The first HIV positive Pakistani was identified in 1987 and since then an increasing number of positive individuals have been reported to the National AIDS Control Program (NACP). Currently an estimated 96,000 (reported) people are living with HIV and AIDS in the country with the HIV prevalence less than 1% in overall population. Most of the known HIV and AIDS cases are reportedly those contracted through heterosexual transmission and contaminated blood and blood products. While the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in Pakistan is considered low, there are high-risk behaviors associated with certain groups within the population. To address these challenges, AMAL, with support of SDC conducted “basic HIV and AIDS awareness trainings” with SDC partners in Lahore, Haripur, Peshawar and Islamabad.

Keeping in view the above, series of trainings was designed to meet the following objectives:

  • To provide practical information to participants about HIV and AIDS, its prevention, treatment and care.

  • To address myths and stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.