• JPMA Special Issue On HIV/AIDS
  • This special issue of the Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) seeks to bring vital HIV/AIDS information from the global literature in to the hands of Pakistani Physicians, Scientists, Nurses and Policy Makers.

    To promote HIV/AIDS related research in the country, Bridge has published special Issue of Journal of Pakistan Medical Association on HIV/AIDS. In this issue selected Research studies conducted in Pakistan and published in National and International Medical Indexed Journals have been published. In Collaboration with University of Alabama, supported by Training Grant 7D43 TW01035-07 from Fogarty International Center, National Institute of Health USA.

    • Board of Editors Includes.
    • Prof, Sten Vermund (Vanderbilt University Institute of Global Health, Nashville, USA)
    • Dr, Sharaf Ali Shah (Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan)
    • Dr, Arshad Altaf (Canada Pakistan HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project, Islamabad, Pakistan)
    • Dr. Sibylle Kristensen (University of Alabama USA)
    • Development of Infection Control Manual for Health Care Facilities.
    • Dr. Syed Abdul Mujeeb (AIDS Surveillance Center Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center Karachi)

    This issue contains 21 different Research Papers published in National and International Indexed Medical Journals.

    The papers in this issue sound the alarm such as circumstances in Pakistan that are likely to nurture HIV/ AIDS, including inadequate screening, public awareness, prevention services and control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    Importance of surveillance and related research in combating the epidemic is highlighted throughout these papers, including behavioral surveillance. Some of the articles in this Special issue highlight the importance of blood safety, and blood bank practices in Karachi, the need for excellent HIV tests suitable for mass use is emphasized.

    Issues of risks from handling contaminated needles are emphasized. An other thoughtful paper highlight the existence of Seroprevalence subgroups of young Adults for Hepatitis B, C and HIV virus, suggesting the need to recruit such persons as a Regular voluntary blood donors.

    While high risk population in Pakistan (e.g., IDUs, truck drivers, hijras, prisoners, sailors, Commercial sex workers would seem to be highly disparate, they do share many features, Including low rates of condom use and multiple partners, coupled with poor knowledge of HIV transmission and methods for prevention. The need for targeted programs of education and rehabilitation is made clear by the poor preparedness of health care Workers themselves are highlighted here. Doctor’s especially general practitioners need better training in the management of sexually transmitted infections. Some research Papers highlight the data that shows the current situation of IDUs in Pakistan.

    This issue will provide ready reference to researchers about research work done on HIV/AIDS in Pakistan considering difficulties faced by young researchers in accessing published research work.


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