New Delhi: A huge population of 4 lakh men out of 25 lakh homosexuals in India is in grave danger of contracting HIV. This was revealed in an affidavit filed by the Centre to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. According to the government, 24 lakh people in the country are suffering from HIV.
 
The affidavit was filed by the Health Ministry in compliance with the Supreme Court's direction seeking detailed information on the number of homosexuals in the country and how many of them are HIV infected.

Additional Solicitor General Mohan Jain on behalf of the Health Ministry submitted the affidavit to the joint bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukhopadhyay hearing the case.

The government also provided details of the measures taken to prevent spread of HIV and AIDS epidemic. The government said, according to the experts, there are 25 lakh homosexuals in the country of which 4 lakh are prone to HIV infection while 28,000 to 31,000 men may have contracted the infection by now.

The government has submitted state-wise data of 4,27,045 homosexual men facing the risk of contracting HIV infection. While 99,533 homosexual men in Mumbai are in danger of contracting the fatal disease, 28,999 men in Delhi are in the purview of serious danger.

Out of the 24 lakh people suffering from AIDS, 20 lakh are elderly (15-49 years of age), three lakh senior citizens (above 49 years of age) and one lakh children (less than 15 years of age).

The Health Ministry said that 85 percent infection cases of HIV / AIDS are transmitted through physical interactions and the remaining by the use of contaminated needles and from infected mother to child. Physical relationships have been divided into two categories: female sex workers and inter-relationship of homosexuals. It is to be noted, the eunuch community has also been included in the gay category.

(JPN/Bureau)