AIDS cases decline in Mumbai by 56 per cent in last six years

In 2010-11, 14,291 HIV patients were reported in Mumbai while in 2016-17, the number has declined to 6,718


December 1 is observed as 'World Aids Day' to create awareness about AIDS, which is caused by the spread of HIV virus. This disease is considered as one of the most dreadful and carries a lot of taboo as well. However, in Mumbai, where Mumbaikars never say never, have battled it for decades. 

In the span of six years i.e. between 2010 and 2011 and 2016 and 17, 56 per cent decline was reported in AIDS cases. One of the reasons considered for the decline is the awareness programme carried out by Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS).

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In the span of 2010-11, 14,291 HIV patients were registered in Mumbai while in 2016-17, the number came down to 6,718. According to Dr Shrikala Acharya of MDACS, in the month of October, 3,870 HIV patients were registered.

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In the last few years, pregnant women diagnosed with HIV have declined as well. In 2010-11, 466 pregnant women with HIV were registered while in 2016-17, 162 pregnant women with HIV were registered. This means that in the span of six years, HIV infection amongst pregnant women have declined by 65 per cent. 

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