The World Bank says South Asia will see a sharp increase in the number of H.I.V. infections if leaders fail to reach high-risk areas where sex and drug use is fueling an AIDS epidemic.
In a report released on Monday, the World Bank said leaders must create tailor-made prevention programs that target areas with vulnerable populations.
A World Bank official said South Asian nations must adjust preventative measures so that they can target sex workers and their clients separately, as well as intravenous drug users and their sexual partners. The report said the gay population has been largely ignored, but said it must be addressed to stop the spread of the disease.
The World Bank released its report entitled "AIDS in South Asia" at the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto.