"There had been concerns in some quarters about the ability of some of the states to contribute their share to the programme. These doubts should now be laid to rest. This decision clearly demonstrates the government's commitment towards this cause," Nadda said at an event to mark the World AIDS Day.
Announcing policy decisions towards strengthening the fight against the epidemic, he said that government has decided to provide third-line treatment to HIV patients and increase the beneficiaries of Anti Retrieval Therapy (ART).
"The cut-off level for initiation of ART will henceforth be a CD4 count of 500. Till now, people with CD4 count less than 350 were given the treatement,” the minister said.
"With this decision, an additional one lakh people will start getting benefit of treatment. NACO has been asked to gear up for these initiatives and we hope to start actual delivery in the coming weeks," the Nadda stated. Nadda also launched a report by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) 'India HIV Estimates 2015'.
According to the report, 21.17 lakh people are estimated to be living with HIV at the end of this year. Among these, around 40 percent are female, while children (below 15 years) account for 6.5 percent.

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