Malaysian fishermen are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. To cope with the harsh realities of a life spent at sea, many inject heroin. It is estimated that more than one in 10 fishermen are living with HIV, over 20 times Malaysia's general prevalence rate.
An outreach service in Pahang on Malaysia’s south-east coast, is helping to reduce the number of new infections by reaching those most vulnerable to HIV infection with clean needles, counselling, condoms and advice on safer injecting.
Thanks to grassroot schemes such as this, new infections in Malaysia have halved since the peak of the epidemic 10 years ago.
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The International HIV/AIDS Alliance
The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC)