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AIDS Patients Increasing In Southern Kyrgyzstan

JALALABAD, Kyrgyzstan -- The number of HIV/AIDS patients in Kyrgyzstan's Jalalabad region has increased by 150 percent since 2006, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Officials at the regional HIV/AIDS center told RFE/RL that 48 new patients have been registered in the region just this year.

A total of 269 local citizens are officially registered as HIV/AIDS patients in Jalalabad.

The majority of the patients contracted the disease intravenously using infected syringes.