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Bahrain ministries needs to unite against HIV

The Bahrain government ministries need to unite to help prevent the spread of HIV/Aids by providing comprehensive sex education for Bahrain’s youth, according to a prominent campaigner. Former National Aids Prevention Committee head and MP Dr Somaya Al Jowder warned at a press conference held in parliament that a lack of education and poverty are the leading contributing factors to the spread of the debilitating and blood-borne disease. She said that withholding information from teenagers was dangerous as it could lead to misinformation with potentially disastrous results, reported the Gulf Daily News. “We live in an open society now where meetings between genders can easily take place,” said Dr Al Jowder. “Teenagers, especially between the age of 15 and 17, are most at risk.” The GDN reported earlier that Bahrain plans to slash HIV infections among children and drug addicts by 50 % by the end of the year as well as eliminate deaths among pregnant women due to Aids-related medical complications.