RIO DE JANEIRO, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The World Health Organization (WHO)
Wednesday expressed its anxiety over the rapid spread of AIDS in Asia and called
for the reinforcement of preventative measures and decisive governmental
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS department, mentioned his concerns during
the third International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis
and Treatment, which opened here on Sunday and draws experts from
With more populations at risk today, a higher risk of increasing genetic combinations
of the HIV virus exists. Further genetic combinations would make it more
difficult to fight against this deadly epidemic, said the director.
"Our greatest fear is that, if the evolution of the epidemic continues at
the present level, Asia will tomorrow be something similar to Africa, a great
human disaster," said Kim.
In light of this alarming situation, it becomes necessary to increase
efforts in prevention work in which governments play a key role, said the
Kim added that contrary to prevalent opinion, Islam does not constitute an
obstacle for the adoption of adequate preventive measures and said that Iran
nowadays boasts one of the most efficient prevention programs in all of Asia.