Men continue to contract HIV more than women in MP

  • PTI, Indore
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2014 17:21 IST

A total of 31,966 people tested positive for AIDS in last six years in Madhya Pradesh, according to MP AIDS Control Society.

Of the total number, 60.50% constitute males and experts said men contracted HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) primarily due to unsafe sex.

Indore was among places where the spread of disease was high in Madhya Pradesh.

"Men have fallen prey to the disease mainly due to unsafe sex practice," Indore-based government Maharaja Yeswantrao hospital's Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Department head Dr Shivshanker Sharma said.

He said males suffer from the disease more than females nationwide, adding that it was primarily because men establish physical contact with multiple partners.

According to MP AIDS Control Society, 31,966 people tested positive for AIDS out of 36,22,829 who underwent tests from 2008 to October, 2014.

Of the total, 19,344 were males, 12,506 females, and 116 were from the third gender. The first case of HIV came to light in 1988 in MP.

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