Number of HIV cases on decline in MP, awareness too
In July this year, a 30-year-old widow killed herself by jumping in a well after killing her six-year-old daughter in MP’s Damoh district, allegedly because she was tested positive for HIV.bhopal Updated: Dec 01, 2016 21:41 IST
In July this year, a 30-year-old widow killed herself by jumping in a well after killing her six-year-old daughter in MP’s Damoh district, allegedly because she was tested positive for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
The case, in which the woman had contracted the disease from her husband, is just one example on how people suffer due to pain and taboo surrounding Aids.
Apart from such cases of suicide, the number of deaths caused by Aids remain alarming, although there is a decline in the number now, with people becoming aware of the consequences of unsafe sex or other reasons which cause Aids.
As per MP State AIDS Control Society (MPSACS) statistics, as many as 4,124 HIV positive cases were detected in the state up to October this year, against 4,682 such cases in the previous year. In 2014, as many as 5,488 cases of HIV positive were detected.
Though the number of HIV positive cases is declining in the state after 2014, as per National Family Health Survey- 4, awareness about HIV/Aids on a decline too.
No counsellors in many districts of the state
Amulya Nidhi of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a non-governmental organisation, said that the entire focus and intervention on Aids was insufficient. “The fact remains that there are no counsellors in many districts of the state. To make matters worse, the Central budget meant for AIDS control too has been cut down,” she said.
Meanwhile, Savita Thakur, joint director (Information, education and communication), MPSACS said that the number of HIV positive cases detected should be seen vis-à-vis the number of samples that were increasing yearly. There were 9,25,539 samples collected till October this year, which was quite high. Against the same, the number of HIV cases detected was 0.45%.
She said several programmes had been launched to put an effective check on the number of HIV positive cases and there was constant surveillance on the situation.