Assam has recorded 928 new HIV cases


Assam has recorded 928 new HIV cases with an expected 12,090 individuals living with HIV(PLHA) a year ago, as per Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS).

"People with HIV may have increased due to more people coming for testing. But, Assam is categorised as a low HIV prevalence state with an estimated adult prevalence of 0.06 per cent, lower than the national prevalence of 0.26 per cent," ASACS Project Director Manvendra Pratap Singh said today.

Manipur has shown the highest estimated adult HIV prevalence in the country at 1.15 per cent, while other high commonness states in the area incorporate Mizoram at 0.80 for each penny and Nagaland at 0.78 for each penny amid a year ago.

Assam is profoundly defenseless for HIV transmission as it is the passage to other northeastern states and is encompassed by the three exceedingly commonness conditions of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, Mr Singh said.

"A large number of young people from the state go to big cities for employment and get involved in high-risk behaviour," he said.

Moreover, an expansive number of females from other northeastern states, West Bengal and Nepal, who come to Assam for work and instruction, get included in hazardous conduct ideal for HIV transmission, Mr Singh said.

HIV sentinel observation information demonstrates HIV pandemic in the state gathered in the high-hazard gatherings of Intravenous Drug Users (IDU) at 1.46 for every penny, men engaging in sexual relations with men (MSM) at 1.40 for each penny and female sex specialists (FSW) at 0.46 for every penny, while HIV commonness among stake natal center (ANC) participants was low at 0.18%.

Regions indicating reliably higher HIV predominance among ANC participants are Karimganj, Tinsukia and Karbi Anglong.

Two regions – Cachar and Sonitpur – have recorded more than one per cent HIV predominance among the ANC participants.

While examining the information of HIV location in the state, it has been watched that the principle course of transmission is through hetero at 84.6 for each penny, parent to tyke at 4.6 for every penny, gay person/androgynous at 2.2 for every penny, blood and blood items at 1.1 for each penny, contaminated syringes and needles at 2.3 for every penny and three for each penny through unspecified transmission, Mr Singh said.

Investigation of the locale level information indicates Kamrup (Metro) has the most elevated identified HIV positive cases at 38 for every penny took after by Cachar, Dibrugarh and Nagaon regions, he included.