Indore: Indore district has recorded a drop in the number of new HIV cases in 2012 as compared to the previous year, health officials said.

"The number of HIV-infected persons, specially pregnant women in the district, declined this year as against the previous year owing to better awareness and effective initiatives of the state and Central governments across the state over the last many year," District Nodal Officer(AIDS) Dr Vijay Chajalani said on the World AIDS Day.

Even as HIV tests were 25,244 persons, 707 were found HIV+ till October 30, as against 875 HIV+ in 2011 in Indore, he said.

"This year, 39 pregnant women in the district were found to be suffering from the disease, which is about 0.9 percent less than the previous year, when 56 HIV-infected women were found," Dr Chajalani said.

According to him, the gradual decline in AIDS cases since 2010 in Indore district, should be attributed to mass awareness programme implemented by the state as well as the Central government.

Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) coverage among all age group, Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) and Community Care Centres (CCC) have facilitated in detection of HIV cases at an early stage in Madhya Pradesh's Malwa region, he said.

Meanwhile, an AIDS awarness event was organised here in the presence of State Health Minister Mahendra Hardia. The minister also inaugurated an exhibition on the subject.


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