AIDS menace in India

India has an HIV/AIDS population of 5.1 million, second only to South Africa with 5.3 million infected people, according to World heath organisation (WHO). National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) estimates that there are 5.2 million HIV infected people in India. 

aidsIn India, the high-risk groups include sex-workers and their clients— especially truck drivers. In the northeast, the disease is spread  through injection needles and the use of  drugs. According to Experts, one-third of all AIDS cases in India is amongst people in the age group 15 years-29 years, 57% are in the rural area, 39% are among women, and 40% are among youth (15-35 age group ).

There is an alarming increase in the HIV/AIDS cases in India’s West  Bengal state  with 0.5% of its population belonging to the age group of 15 years and 49 years carrying the virus, according to an estimate of  West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (WBSACS). West Bengal had 2,397 reported cases of  AIDS in 2005.The number of HIV positive people is 6,941
The Flying sex workers are more infected than other sex workers because they don’t always take the precautions and they don’t have the bargaining power.Indian Government  spend about Rs.430 million a year on prevention and awareness campaigns of sex related disease  but India needs much more to fight the AIDS menace.Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra ,Manipur and Nagaland are the worst hit states of India.

About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

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