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Delhi Govt. increases assistance to people with HIV/AIDS

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on August 7, 2018, decided to increase the amount of assistance to People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIVs), a decision that will benefit thousands of residents.

The government also decided to revise the eligibility criteria for the beneficiaries to apply under the scheme, which will bring more people under the net.

Currently 27250 people Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) in Delhi at the 11 ART centres located in major Government Hospitals in Delhi, run under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), officials said.

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs) require lifelong Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) due to their compromised immune system and also require extra nutrition, in addition to balanced diet, to cope with their special needs, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said after the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

He said, “Most of these PLHAs are poor and may not be in a position to meet the cost of transportation for visiting the ART centre regularly for Anti Retroviral treatment.”

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