HIV AIDs blood test Dubai UAE

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HIV AIDs blood test Dubai UAE

Postby shawarma » 24 Nov 2007, 23:38

As all (or most) residents know, when you put in your visa application, you have to go for a 'medical check' (see AIDS test UAE) which means taking a sample of your blood and testing it for Aids / HIV. If found to be positive, you get deported. Of course, there are numerous questions as to whether or not that is an effective way of dealing with Aids in the UAE. But in the mean time, the law as it stands applies ...
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HIV Aids patients in the UAE

Postby shawarma » 24 Nov 2007, 23:38

According to a Gulf News report 09 October 2006, there are 500 HIV patients in the UAE (nationals only since foreigners with Aids get deported) and it's thought that that may be over estimating the true figure because some patients register at more than one healthcare center so get counted twice, or more. Hmmmm. There's a discussion here perhaps :shock: . A new survey is being conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS), and Abu Dhabi General Authority for Health Services (GAHS), to try and determine a more accurate figure for the number of HIV/Aids patients in the UAE.

Dr Ahmad Al Haj, internal medicine specialist at Rashid Hospital and member of the national HIV committee, told Gulf News that the overlap had occurred due to stigma. "Some of the patients switch centres because they are worried about being recognised. We're currently tracking the real number down. We believe the real figure is fewer than 500." ... "The UAE is part of the world. It is multi-ethnic and an open country. We have people from everywhere. We don't have an incidence rate because there are no real figures," he added.
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