Sitting among the vines in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad, a retired soldier, remembers the not-so-distant time when he cultivated cannabis before replacing it with red and white grapes used
Amro Othman, director of the Fund for the Treatment and Control of Substance Abuse, said that AIDS is one of the health problems facing Egypt and the rest of the world. However, according to official data, Egypt is one of the countries having low rates of this disease. Othman also pointed out that, according to official data from the National AIDS Program, that the two main factors in contracting HIV are unprotected sex in the first place, followed by intravenous drug use.
Othman presented this information at the opening session of the Workshop on HIV Prevention, Care, Support and Treatment in Egyptian, Moroccan and Tunisian Prisons, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and in the presence of Ali Al-Barir, representative of the UN Office, Major General Mustafa Shehata, Deputy of the Interior Minister for the prisoners services sector, in addition to representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Population.
Moreover, Othman noted that the United Nations Joint Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that the total number of intravenous drug users is 93,000, of whom 7 per cent are infected with HIV. He stressed that these estimates require further epidemiological studies and that it is necessary and important to build interventions that are based on a precise and realistic scientific database.