"TSACS has tested 47,300 blood samples of suspected HIV carriers till October, of which 143 persons including 15 pregnant women were found to be HIV positive," Project Director of TSACS, Ashok Dey told reporters.

Last year as many as 72,000 blood samples were tested of which 225 persons were found to be positive, he said adding 70 pregnant women tested HIV positive in the past three years.

Currently there are 68 centres for HIV test in the state which would rise to 82 by the next year.

Dey said, Aids Control Society has intensified campaign to make people aware about HIV/AIDS and has taken all steps to bring the infection to zero level, adding 20 persons have died of the disease during the past one year.

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