New Delhi: After creating havoc in the states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the fatal disease HIV-AIDS is now spreading northern states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

According to experts, in the coming years the number of HIV-AIDS cases may further increase in these states because of limited control activities to be run in these states. The AIDS awareness programmes are also limited to few states in the country.

There has been a significant decline in number of cases in 2011 in comparison to 2009. In total, around 3.19 lakh new cases were registered in 2009. The number is now gone down to 2.85 lakh in 2011.
According to National AIDS Control Organisation, number of cases is on the wane. HIV estimates-2012 mentions that number of cases has declined by 56 percent in last decade.

The President of Delhi Network of Positive People, Loon Gangte attributes rise in number of cases to lacunae in the government’s policy. According to it, all the money and energy were invested in the HIV hit region. The Central government had initiated National AIDS Control Programme in 1992 under which all the expenses are borne by the Centre.    

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