AIDS prevalence shows rising trend in Northeast states; Government concerned

Agartala, December 2: Northeast states have registered a higher prevelance of AIDS at a time when the HIV cases are decreases across other states of the country. In the charts, tops Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur.

According to a report by the Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS), 1313 HIV cases were identified in Tripura till October this year, 513 among these were female while 65 others were children. The report also stated that 365 people died of AIDS in the state in the corresponding period. The TSACS has identified 800 drug users who take intravenous narcotics, 89 were diagnosed HIV positive.

“It is a matter of concern that incidents of HIV are on the rise in three NE states – Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur. Our government has stressed on campaigning to end drug addiction and prevalence of HIV,” Sudip Roy Barman, Tripura health minister said.

Barman further added that awareness campaigns would be intensified to spread the message of welcoming HIV-infected people in society. “HIV is not contagious. The message will be spread to more people. HIV-infected people should be welcomed in the mainstream of society.”