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Malaysian AIDS Rate Predicted At 32,000 By 1995

Malaysian AIDS Rate Predicted At 32,000 By 1995

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The number of Malaysians infected with the AIDS

virus will increase nearly sevenfold by 1995, the Health Minister predicted.

Lee Kim Sai told reporters that Health Ministry projections show that by 1993 32,000

Malaysians will be carriers of HIV, the virus that experts say causes AIDS, up from

the present 4,437 cases.

Lee said to date 67 people have developed full-blown AIDS in Malaysia, of whom 42

have died.

The minister did not give a reason for the expected rise in HIV infections, but it

appeared that Malaysians were not heeding the ministry's warnings in leaflets and

posters that have been distributed over the past few years.

"Change your lifestyle and don't indulge in high risk activities like casual

sex, visiting prostitutes and intravenous drug addiction," Lee said.

The World Health Organization says 2 million people may die of AIDS by the year 2000

in Asia, where AIDS is spreading faster than anywhere else in the world.

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