RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A Saudi health official says 1,121 new HIV cases were detected in the kingdom last year.
The official Saudi Press Agency quotes deputy health minister Ziyad bin Ahmed as telling an HIV/AIDS conference Monday that the new cases include 439 Saudi citizens and 682 non-Saudis.
Bin Ahmed said that since 1984, 16,334 people have tested positive for HIV, the virus associated with AIDS. Among them were 4,458 Saudis, 83 percent between the ages of 15 and 49. Men outnumbered women by a ratio of four to one
Saudi Arabia's conservative Muslim society considers talking about sex as taboo, and treats AIDS patients with contempt.
Some clerics consider the disease as God's punishment for prohibited sex.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.