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Saudi Arabia to Launch National AIDS Prevention Campaign
Saudi Arabia will launch a national AIDS awareness campaign to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in the nation, the Kuwait Times reports. Yaqoub Al-Mazroui, Saudi Arabian preventive medicine assistant health undersecretary, said that the campaign was created "to follow up on AIDS cases and to reduce the chances of [HIV] spreading." The campaign will be a joint effort between the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Information, Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Counseling, the Public Authority for Youth Affairs and the Trade and Industry Chambers. Saudi Arabia has already adopted a variety of measures to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, including barring the importation of blood and blood-derived products and conducting routine HIV screening among "highly susceptible groups," particularly health care workers. Al-Mazroui said that AIDS is "still not a serious phenomenon" in Saudi Arabia, which reportedly has 440 AIDS cases (Kuwait Times, 7/5).
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