|World AIDS day observed in Imphal|
IMPHAL, Dec 1 – The epidemic of HIV/AIDS among the women and children has become alarming day by day as the epidemic has penetrated into the general population from the intravenous drug users (IDUs) through the sexual route, according to Manipur State AIDS Control Society.
In Manipur, out of 7,55,331 blood samples screened upto August this year, since 1996, the total number of HIV positive is 43,707 including 12,335 women and 2,910 children. As per sentinel surveillance report 2010, the IDUs contribute 12.89 per cent of the HIV positive cases, men having sex with men 10.4 per cent, female sex workers 2.8 per cent, STD patients 11.2 per cent and pregnant women 0.74 per cent.
Interestingly the prevalance rate for adult females is 0.29 per cent while for males it is 0.43 per cent. In short, for every 100 people living with HIV and AIDS, there are 61 men and 39 women. Six States in India – Manipur, Nagaland, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are identified as high prevalence States.
Meanwhile World AIDS Day was observed at the MFDC hall at Palace Gate here with the Speaker Th Lokeshwor as the chief guest. The State Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing, M Kunjo and Bira, MLAs also attended the observation. Many household items made by the volunteers of NGOs working in the field of HIV/AIDS were displayed at stalls during the observation.