(CTN News) – This includes antiretroviral therapy (ART) to help manage the HIV and prevent its progression to AIDS. The government has also implemented various prevention and awareness programs to educate the public about HIV transmission and promote safe practices.
Despite these efforts, the number of HIV cases in Bangladesh has been steadily increasing over the years. Factors contributing to the rise in cases include limited access to healthcare services, stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, and high-risk behaviors such as unprotected sex and intravenous drug use.
The situation is particularly concerning among the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar, where overcrowded living conditions and limited access to healthcare have contributed to the spread of HIV.
The government and international organizations have been working to provide healthcare services and support to the Rohingya community, including testing and treatment.
Efforts to combat this in Bangladesh also involve collaboration with international partners and organizations.
The government has received support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, as well as other international donors, to strengthen the country’s healthcare system and improve prevention and treatment services.
In addition to medical interventions, there is a growing emphasis on addressing the social and structural factors that contribute to the spread of HIV.
This includes efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination, promote gender equality, and improve access to education and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations.
While the increase in HIV cases in Bangladesh is a cause for concern, the government and its partners remain committed to addressing the issue and reducing the impact of the virus on individuals and communities.
Through continued investment in prevention, testing, and treatment services, as well as efforts to address underlying social determinants, it is hoped that the number of new infections and related deaths will decrease in the coming years.