Muslim nations slow to embrace HIV prevention

Writing in The Lancet, Professor Kamarulzaman, co-chair of the 7th International AIDS Society Conference next week, noted that of the nine countries where HIV incidence has increased more than 25% since 2001, five – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Guinea-Bissau, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – have Muslim majorities.

Strong moral views on HIV prevail in many Muslim countries, including within the medical profession, hampering prevention and harm reduction initiatives for men who have sex with men and