An ongoing investigation into the large number of HIV cases in a small town in Punjab Province is expected to shed light on patterns of infection in the region and influence the future direction of the country’s HIV policy. In August, the New Light AIDS Control Society, a local NGO, conducted random HIV tests of 342 people in the area; an alarming 90 were positive. The National AIDS Control Program (NACP) and the US Centers for Disease Control are now carrying out a prevalence survey in Jalalpur Jattan which includes re-testing all of the people who tested positive in the last survey. (IRIN)

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