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HIV cases declining in India: Report

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NEW DELHI: The number of HIV patients has registered a decline in India, reveals the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) report released on September 14, 2018.

However, the report has also indicated that there is no place for complacency as the country moves to achieve the ambitious goal of attaining the ‘End of AIDS’ by 2030.

According to the report compiled by NACO and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), although HIV prevalence declined at the national-level, a reverse trend was seen in some geographical regions and population groups.

Titled “HIV Estimations 2017," the report points out that the rate of decline in annual new HIV infections has been relatively slower in recent years.

"Around 87.58 thousand new HIV infections and 69.11 thousand AIDS related deaths happened in 2017 while around 22,675 mothers needed Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV," says the report.

The report concludes that, overall, the impact of the programme has been significant with more than 80% decline in estimated new infection from peak of epidemic in 1995. Similarly, estimated AIDS related deaths declined by 71% since its peak in 2005.

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