Health official says 3,294 people have died of AIDS in Mizoram since 1990
A senior health official said 3,294 people have died in Mizoram due to complications of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) since the deadly virus was detected in the state in 1990.
Speaking on the occasion of World AIDS Day on Wednesday, State Health Secretary R. Lalramanghaka said that since 1990, a total of 25,080 people have been infected with HIV positive.
He said that out of 25,080 infected, 3,294 people have succumbed to the virus. A total of 17,053 people are currently taking antiretroviral therapy (ART), he said.
Along with the rest of the world, Mizoram celebrated World AIDS Day on Wednesday. The program was presided over by Health Minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana did it.
On this occasion, World AIDS Day Race was organized in Aizawl. The Health Minister also launched index testing to screen high-risk groups. He also distributed don jackets to two wheeler and taxi drivers.
With over 2.30 per cent of its total population of 10.91 lakh (2011 census) infected, Mizoram currently has the dubious distinction of being the most AIDS-prevailing state in the country, followed by Nagaland, with 1.45 per cent of its population infected. Is. Deadly disease according to National AIDS Control Organization (NACO)
More than 78 per cent of the HIV-positive cases in the state were sexually transmitted, while about 20 per cent of the cases were transmitted through needle sharing by intravenous drug users.
According to the Mizoram State AIDS Control Society (MSACS), it is estimated that there are about 1.19 HIV positive per 1000 people in Mizoram.
The incidence rate of AIDS was highest among youth aged 25-34, followed by those in the age group of 35-49 at 26.49 percent.
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