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    India: HIV Nation

    by SajiniW on 2nd June, 2006 at 11:15 pm    

    Recent reports from the UNAIDS foundation have estimated that 5.7 million Indians are living with the potentially fatal HIV virus. The statistics were collated at the end of 2005, making India the nation with the greatest number of HIV carriers. It is closely followed by South Africa, where one in ten adult population is infected with the virus.

    The epidemic is unevenly distributed across India, with just six states accounting for 80 per cent of the estimated cases. The epidemic is thought to have spread from high-risk groups, such as sex workers and injecting drug users, to the general population.

    Whilst campaigns to step-up condom use amongst sex-workers has helped, the general reluctance to promote barrier contraception and sex education amongst the general population has slowed down the fight.

    As DrMonkey says, it is irrelevant whether India takes the top spot or not, the real problem is feeling that “promotion of condom use and safe sex will only increase promiscuity.”

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    3 Comments below   |  

    1. jamal — on 3rd June, 2006 at 12:24 am  

      Yes I read about this previously. It pretty worrying that the figures are so high. AS with in africa, I assume that nothing significant will be done to address this issue.

      The way I see it, in these HIV hotspots, contraception should be free and related education should be commonplace. The alternative is a continous mass of corpses!!

    2. Ravi4 — on 3rd June, 2006 at 10:46 am  

      Depressing figures. Another example of the damage doen by an unwillingness to challenge “traditional” attitudes (in this case, relating to sex and the position of women).

      I also read that the HIV campaigns in some of the South Indian states including Tamil Nadu were highly praised and had led to significant reductions in infection rates. (The first article linked here says that.) Due to the relatively more favourable position of women in society/family in those parts of India compared to elsewhere?

    3. justforfun — on 4th June, 2006 at 3:36 pm  


      “India’s figures showed just 28,000 new HIV infections in 2004 - down from 520,000 in 2003. Mr Ramadoss said they had been verified by the World Health Organisation. ”

      Surely this rate drop is typo error or have I misunderstood.


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