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HIV/AIDS in United Arab Emirates

July 20, 2010

Official figures show that 540 people were living with HIV/AIDS in the country by the end of 2006, and the number of recorded new cases is about 35 annually. UAE's national strategy is in the early development stages, the National Program for Aids Control and Prevention has been in place since 1985.

The United Arab Emirates has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions on persons applying for a work or residence visa. An HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival.

Migrant workers infected with HIV are denied all healthcare benefits, quarantined, and subsequently deported.

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