HIV/AIDS Figures Down By 50% - Study

HIV/AIDSNew Delhi: The fresh figure of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the country is 2.47 million as compared to the preceding number of 5.2 million. The occurrence rate is also down to 0.36 per cent as against 0.9 per cent.

According to novel information for 2006, released on Friday, specify that the national adult HIV frequency is around 0.36 per cent that signifies an estimated 2 million to 3.1 million people living with HIV.

Anbumani Ramadoss, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister stated that while it was cheering to cognize that the number of those affected was less, there was no room for complacency.

He added that there would be no change in the plan. In reality, it would be stepped up. Compiled by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and backed up by the UNAIDS and the World Health Organization, the estimations are said to be more exact than the earlier ones, as these are based on an prolonged surveillance review and a revised and improved method.

There are 104 districts where the occurrence rate is over one per cent. In 14 districts, the proportion of sero-positive people is above three. Dharwad district of Karnataka has the highest number of more than six per cent. The new study is chiefly based on the statistics prevailed through a household-based National Family and Health Survey (NHFS-III).