HIV cases rise by 10% in 7 years in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, March 14: Project Director of Meghalaya Aids Control Society or MACS, Dr S lyngdoh on Thursday informed that HIV prevalence is alarming in the state with an increase of ten percent within seven years.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the awareness programme on HIV and AIDS held at the state Assembly for the Parliamentarians’ Forum on HIV and AIDS, Lyngdoh said that the data collected by National Aids Control Organisation or NACO which is a division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, shows 10 percent increase.

Informing that there are many factors responsible for the increase, Lyngdoh said , “This could be very well because more testing facilities are available now, increase in the population and that the HIV drug users and people have started coming forward because of awareness.”

State Health Minister, AL Hek who attended the programme, said, “HIV/AIDS in Meghalaya is alarming particularly in fragile area and we should take our model to propagate the awareness in our own respective constituencies, particularly in schools, colleges and also religious institutions like the Church.”

“Through this at least we can prevent,” he added.

Meanwhile, member of NACO, Nidhi Rawat said that the prevalence in Meghalaya is lesser than the national prevalence or those of Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Andhra Pradesh. She informed that the spread of the disease in the state is also affected through sexual route, drugs and migration.