In most countries, the social stigma that accompanies living with HIV/Aids often leaves victims isolated.
A number of countries deny residency permits to foreigners carrying the virus and most of the Gulf Arab states automatically deport those found to be HIV positive.
Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports on the policy choices before the region's health authorities in this video:
Living with Aids in the Gulf, Al Jazeera, 27 February 2009.
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