Indian efforts to reduce new HIV cases pay off

Students with their faces painted with messages during an HIV/Aids awareness campaign to mark the International Aids Candlelight Memorial in the Indian city of Chandigarh in May. India wants to reduce new HIV infections by 75 per cent between 2010 an
Students with their faces painted with messages during an HIV/Aids awareness campaign to mark the International Aids Candlelight Memorial in the Indian city of Chandigarh in May. India wants to reduce new HIV infections by 75 per cent between 2010 and 2020, and eliminate Aids by 2030.PHOTO: REUTERS

New infections fell 26%, Aids-related deaths down 56% between 2010 and 2017: UNAids

India has significantly reduced the number of new HIV infections, Aids-related deaths and people living with HIV between 2010 and last year through sustained and focused efforts, according to data made public by the joint United Nations Agency on Aids (UNAids) recently.

New human immunodeficiency (HIV) infections dropped from 120,000 in 2010 to 88,000 last year, and Aids-related deaths fell from 160,000 to 69,000 in the same period. This represents a decrease of more than 26 per cent for new HIV cases and over 56 per cent in the case of Aids-related deaths - a better rate of reduction than the global average. India had 2.1 million people living with HIV last year, down from 2.3 million in 2010.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Indian efforts to reduce new HIV cases pay off'. Print Edition | Subscribe