12 Dec 2013

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS
The Government of India is implementing the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) as a 100% centrally sponsored scheme to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. 

Under the Department of AIDS Control, there has been up-scaling of preventive services among the high risk group and bridge populations through targeted interventions, behaviour change communication for improved awareness among the general population.

 Expanding counselling and testing services, ensuring safety of blood and blood products through mandatory screening of every unit of blood before use, treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections, condom promotion, support and treatment of HIV infected persons, free provision of anti-retroviral drugs and mainstreaming of HIV intervention strategies. 

HIV estimations 2012 based on HIV Sentinel Surveillance data up to 2010-11 highlighted that the estimated 

HIV prevalence in the country is 0.27% and the estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS in India was 21 lakhs in 2011. 

This was stated by Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today. 

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