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Ministry of Health

In Nepal, the first case of AIDS was reported in 1988. The national HIV sentinel surveillance system has provided data that indicate there were around 60,018 people living with HIV/AIDS and 2958 AIDS related deaths by 2002. It is estimated that HIV prevalence is around 0.5 percent in the general adult population. Behavioral data shows a high potential for an increased spread of HIV from high-risk groups to the general population.