Big drop in HIV infections in 10 years

Big drop in HIV infections in 10 years

Rate of deaths also declines by 33 pc, says CM

Big drop in HIV infections in 10 years

There has been a 50 per cent decrease in new HIV infections from April 2002 to March 2013, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said on Friday.

Also, the anti-retroviral treatment (ART) provided by the Delhi government at its nine ART centres has resulted in a substantial decrease in the death rate of HIV-infected persons.

Appreciating the role of Delhi State Aids Control Society (DSACS), she said there had been a 33 per cent decrease in the death rate from April 2008 to March 2013.

Dikshit said that during April 2002 to March 2003, 16,598 youths were tested for HIV, of which 393, or 2.36 per cent, were found to be HIV-infected.

In contrast, 78,785 youths were tested during April 2012 to March 2013. Of them 937, or only 1.19 per cent, were found infected. There has been 49.6 per cent reduction in the rate of new HIV infections in last 10 years.

The rate of HIV-related deaths had declined by 32.6 per cent. Out of the 1,872 persons under ART, 345, that is 18.4 per cent, died during April 2008 to March 2009. During April 2012 to March 2013, out of 4,213 persons under treatment 524 died — that is 12.4 per cent.

The city government has been providing free anti-retroviral treatment to 13,044 HIV-positive persons, including 766 children, at nine government ART centres. The city government has been implementing various welfare schemes for people living with HIV/ AIDS. The financial assistance is provided under four categories.

The health and family welfare department provides free MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, blood test and other investigations in government hospitals for people with HIV/ AIDS in Delhi. The department is also providing blood and blood products without replacement, donation or processing charges for them.