Tuesday, May 30, 2006

India now has more people living with HIV than any other country

BBC News:

The report shows that India now accounts for two-thirds of HIV cases in the whole of Asia.

An estimated 5.7 million Indians were infected by the end of 2005, overtaking the 5.5 million cases estimated in South Africa.

However, while 18.8% of South African adults were living with HIV, the figure in India was 0.9%.

Estimates of total deaths in India since Aids was first identified in 1981 range from 270,000 to 680,000.

Most of the infections there were caused by unprotected heterosexual intercourse, according to UNAIDS.

States in southern India have traditionally been the hardest hit by the disease.

A study of prostitutes in Tamil Nadu found 50% had been infected with HIV.

However, UNAIDS said these regions had made progress in combating the spread of infection.

In contrast, little or no progress had been made in cutting infection rates in the north of the country, where injecting drug use is thought to be the main driver of infection.

The UN agency estimates that only 7% of Indians who needed antiretroviral drug therapy actually received it last year.

In addition, only 1.6% of pregnant women who needed treatment to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission were receiving it.

UNAIDS also sounded a warning about neighbouring Pakistan, where around 85,000 people were estimated to be infected with HIV by the end of 2005.

It said the country would have to improve its prevention efforts if it is to avoid a more serious situation.

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At 1:49 PM, Blogger BunBun4life said...

YEAH they might have the most in numbers, but what is their population? 1.5 BILLION? 5.5 million is still not that much.

America is only 350 million and we have over a million. Gotta look at the per capita rates.

ALSO, I feel south africa is much higher than 17%. There is a certain age group that is almost 75% hiv infected. others at 50%. They just want to keep the lie going, at whatever cost that they are not as filthy and raping as they really are.


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