AIDS toll in Mizoram over 1760 in 28 years, unprotected sex still a big headache for workers

LUNGLEN BUREAU
Aizawl April 30, 2018

More than 1,760 people have died in of AIDS/HIV-related complications in Mizoram since the first case was detected in October 1990. The alarming rise of the dreaded virus, especially transmission through unprotected sex had become a big worry for workers.

A two-day review meeting of the North East State for Basic Service Division and Linkage with Care Support Treatment Research was held in Aizawl that concluded on Friday.

According to a recently-published report of the HIV Sentinel Surveillance 2016-2017 of National AIDS Control Organisation, Mizoram recorded the highest AIDS/HIV-positive cases in the country only after Manipur, sources from Mizoram State Aids Control Society said.

Blood samples are being tested randomly since 1990 and the MSACS found that 16,451 people are already being tested positive. They society also reported that 1,766 people have died of Aids or associated complications.

The society further stated that 1.64 per cent of the total population of over 10 lakh are infected with the virus.

Unprotected sex was the main factor for increasing number of infected, the report said that 67.30 per cent of infected people contacted the disease through unprotected sex, followed by needles sharing at 26.64 per cent, it was said at the meeting.

The meeting also said 12,099 clients have registered for anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and over 9,000 infected people have taken treatment from ART centres.

The meeting also highlighted that the rate of AIDS incidents was highest in the age group of 25 years to 34 years, which was tagged at 42.61 per cent, followed by people in the age group of 35 years to 49 years at 26.56 per cent.

During 2016-17, 225 people died because of various complications associated with AIDS, while 139 people died during 2015-16.

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