151 test HIV-positive in five months in Meghalaya
HIV/AIDS testing centres in Meghalaya have detected 151 positive cases in five months, but experts say the number is not alarming.india Updated: Oct 21, 2010 10:48 IST
HIV/AIDS testing centres in Meghalaya have detected 151 positive cases in five months, but experts say the number is not alarming.
Between April and August this year, a total 2,616 persons were examined for HIV virus out of which 121 were found to be positive cases, a report from the Meghalaya Aids Control Society (MACs) said.
Pre-natal tests on 5,636 pregnant mothers also confirmed presence of the virus in 30 of them, the MACS said.
The testing was done in the 11 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres in the district headquarters and two private hospitals in the capital city.
In the corresponding period last year, 41 people out of 931 people were tested HIV-positive in the ICTCs.
There are 344 people living with the virus till date in Meghalaya - 170 men, 162 women and 12 children. The state falls under ‘category c’, below the high prevalent states like Manipur and Nagaland in the Northeast.
MACS project director Dr Amalendu Das said that though compared to last year the cases are three times more, percentage wise the prevalence is 'static'.
"Due to more focus on awareness campaigns, more and more people are coming forward for testing and so the detection has been more. Eight NGOs were involved in working for preventing the spread of the deadly virus in the State, besides assisting in targeted intervention," he said.