On the World AIDS Day, let us throw some light on a few stratling facts about HIV in India and realize how far has India come with HIV elimination:

  •  India is the third largest HIV epidemic country in the world (2013 report)
  • 2.1 million people in India are living with HIV (2013 report)

  • 1,30,000 people in India have died due to HIV related diseases in 2013
  • 51 percent HIV related deaths in Asia were in India
  • In India, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are the states with most HIV prevalence

  • 2.8 percent sex workers in India are living with HIV
  • Out of the 4,27,000 MSM (men who have sex with men) in India, 4.4 percent have HIV
  • 8.8 percent transgenders in India have HIV

  • 75 percent of women testing postive for HIV have migrant labourer husbands
  •  In 2013, due to lack of PMCTC treatment, 13,000 kids were born with HIV in India


  • The HIV or AIDS Bill in India prohibits discrimination of HIV infected person in employment, health, travel, education sectors.


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Data source: avert, naco

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