In the final six years, the number of new HIV an infection cases in Pune has dropped by virtually 50 per cent. In 2012, 2,808 folks have been dwelling with HIV in Pune whereas from January until October this 12 months, the Pune City AIDS Control Society has detected 1,416 new cases of HIV an infection.
December 1 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which is designated to boost consciousness about HIV and the ensuing AIDS epidemic. According to the World Health Organisation, because the starting of the epidemic, greater than 70 million folks the world over have been contaminated with the virus, and about 35 million folks have died of AIDS. Today, round 37 million folks worldwide reside with HIV, of whom 22 million are on remedy.
By the top of 2017, an estimated 21.40 lakh folks have been dwelling with HIV in India, as per varied surveys. “Prevention is the only way to fight AIDS,” Dr Suryakant Deokar, AIDS nodal officer and secretary of Pune City AIDS Control Society, instructed The Indian Express. The theme of this 12 months’s World AIDS Day is ‘Know your status’, he stated.
Officials of the Society stated regardless of the decline in the number of new HIV infections, there was a have to step up data, schooling and communication services for teams that have been at excessive threat of contracting the an infection, comparable to transgenders, intercourse employees, males having intercourse with males and intravenous drug customers. Authorities additionally face challenges of figuring out such high-risk teams.
According to the state HIV Sentinel Surveillance, which tracks the epidemic in the nation, the estimated HIV prevalence in 2016-17 in feminine intercourse employees was 3.48 per cent, whereas it was 4.69 per cent in males having intercourse with males. “Last year, we were able to test the blood samples of 129 transgenders in the city, and eight were found to be HIV positive. This year, from January till October, we were able to test blood samples of 21 transgenders, and 13 were found to be HIV positive,” stated Deokar.
Community testing must be an important half of the method, he stated. To increase consciousness in regards to the illness, the Pune City AIDS Control Society has held conferences with truck drivers and organised an consciousness marketing campaign to encourage transgenders to bear screening and blood assessments. “We have also organised a series of events on the occasion of World AIDS Day,” he stated.
Over 10 crore Condoms Distributed Across State
* There have been 15,119 new HIV an infection cases throughout the state this 12 months, stated officers of the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS). The number doesn’t cowl HIV cases in Mumbai. “We are carrying out targeted intervention projects for the high-risk groups through NGOs ,” stated a MSACS official. “For instance, free condoms are provided to the high-risk groups. We distributed 10,14,85,800 condoms from April till October this year across the state via targeted intervention projects,” added the official.