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Over 400 children test positive for HIV in Pakistani district

Hundreds of people have tested positive for HIV in southern Pakistan, allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe. FRANCE 24’s Shahzaib Wahla reports from Islamabad on the outbreak among some of the country's most vulnerable. Pakistan was long considered a low prevalence country for HIV, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate, particularly among intravenous drug users and sex workers. Pakistan's surging population also suffers the additional burden of having insufficient access to quality healthcare following decades of under-investment by the state, leaving impoverished, rural communities especially vulnerable to unqualified medical practitioners.

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