New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) According to the latest estimate of the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 2021 report, the estimated number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India is 24.01 lakh, the Rajya Sabha center reported on Tuesday.
About 45 percent (10.83 lakh) of the total estimated people living with HIV are women and two percent (about 51,000) are children under the age of 12, Health Minister Bharati Pravin Pawar said in response to a written question.
The highest number of estimated PLHIV is in Maharashtra (3.94 lakh), followed by Andhra Pradesh (3.21 lakh), Karnataka (2.76 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (1.78 lakh), Tamil Nadu (1.63 lakh), Telangana (1.56 lakh), Bihar (1.43 lakh) and Gujarat (1.14 lakh).
Together, these eight states account for 72 percent of the total estimated PLHIV in India, the minister said.
“The HIV/AIDS disease is showing an overall declining trend in India. According to the 2021 HIV estimate, annual new HIV infections in India have fallen by 46 percent since 2010. Globally, annual new HIV infections have fallen by 32 percent since 2010 (UNAIDS 2022 factsheet), ”she said in the response. PTI PLB IJT
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