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World J Virol. May 12, 2017; 6(2): 46-48
Published online May 12, 2017. doi: 10.5501/wjv.v6.i2.46
Pakistan needs to speed up its human immunodeficiency virus control strategy to achieve targets in fast-track acquired immune deficiency syndrome response
Yasir Waheed, Hasnain Waheed
Yasir Waheed, Foundation University Medical College, Foundation University Islamabad, Islamabad 46000, Pakistan
Hasnain Waheed, Bridging Health Foundation, Rawalpindi 44000, Pakistan
Author contributions: Waheed Y designed study, did literature search, wrote and revised manuscript; Waheed H did literature search, wrote and revised manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors do not have any conflict of interest in publication of this manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Yasir Waheed, PhD, Foundation University Medical College, Foundation University Islamabad, DHA Phase I, Islamabad 46000, Pakistan. yasir_waheed_199@hotmail.com
Telephone: +92-300-5338171
Received: November 8, 2016
Peer-review started: November 10, 2016
First decision: March 8, 2017
Revised: March 17, 2017
Accepted: April 6, 2017
Article in press: April 10, 2017
Published online: May 12, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases are increasing day by day in Pakistan. Currently, the prevalence of HIV is less than 0.1% in general population while the scenario is totally different in people who inject drugs, having prevalence of 27.2%. Approximately 15% of HIV positive cases are enrolled with government for treatment. United Nations political declaration on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) provided a global mandate to fast-track the AIDS response over the next five years to achieve the targets in Sustainable Development Goals. Pakistan needs to speed up its HIV treatment program to achieve the targets in fast-track AIDS response.