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HIV & AIDS

HIV remains one of the most serious global health threats of our time. In 2017, 1.8 million people were infected with HIV, and 940,000 died of AIDS-related causes.

We believe we can end the AIDS epidemic. Since 2010, deaths related to AIDS have dropped by 35% in the part of the world where we work. More people are getting treatment than ever before. By keeping the focus on the needs and rights of key populations, we have the power to prevent new HIV infections and ensure those living with AIDS are not left behind.

What We Do

  • Care for pregnant women and new mothers with HIV so to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child
  • Deliver comprehensive care to people living with HIV and their families in the privacy and comfort of their homes
  • Support key populations—including men who have sex with men, prisoners, female sex workers, and transgender women—to make sure they can exercise their rights and receive high quality services free from stigma or judgment
  • Promote testing—in communities, facilities, and at hotspots—so people know their status and can initiate treatment as early as possible, a key aspect of UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 goals

  • Strengthen health centers, satellite clinics, and health workers so more people in more places—especially adolescents and those lost-to-follow-up—have access to the HIV services they need
  • Combine HIV services with contraception and maternal and newborn care, recognizing the opportunity to meet people’s needs in a single visit
  • Challenge restrictive policies and inspire governments to uphold the rights of people living with HIV, especially key populations, adolescents, and women

At 2.04 per cent, Mizoram recorded the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country. It is followed by Manipur (1.43 per cent) and Nagaland (1.15 per cent) in Northeast India. Officials said 2,557 fresh HIV cases were detected in 2018-19, which was “extremely high” as the state has a population of about 10 lakh.

Mizoram reported that at least 17,897 people are infected with HIV/AIDS, the highest in the country, with nine persons testing positive everyday.

Over 42 per cent of those in the age group of 25-34 have tested positive for HIV in the state, one of the least populated in the country, said officials of the Mizoram State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) that released the data on the occasion of the World AIDS Day.

Several awareness programmes were organised here and across the state to mark the Day, which was on December 1.

Officials said 2,557 fresh HIV cases were detected in 2018-19, which was “extremely high” as the state has a merely ten lakh population.

Among the total number of HIV patients, 6,069 are female, they said

While HIV infections were earlier higher among drug addicts and sex workers, currently cases of AIDS are also being reported from higher strata of the society, an official said.

Officials sought cooperation of political leaders, civil society members and the churches to fight the menace in the Christian-dominated state.

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