JP Nadda says India has now successfully arrested the epidemic of HIV

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Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Thursday said around two decades back India was predicted to be the AIDS capital of world however has now "successfully arrested" the pandemic of HIV and guaranteed that the nation can end it by 2030.

"Our concerted efforts and strategies have been able to see a success story of India. We can now safely say that we can end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030," Mr Nadda said during an event to check World AIDS Day.

"There is a consistent decline in HIV prevalence over the years, 57 per cent reduction in the incidences of new infections, and 29 per cent decline also in the number of AIDS-related deaths," Nadda included.

Expressing that the Center has taken major policy decisions towards reinforcing the battle against the epidemic, Nadda said that his Ministry already implemented cut-off level for initiation of Anti Retrieval Therapy (ART) to CD4 count of 500 and is working to raise the bar further to treat every patient.

"Government has taken significant approach choices towards fortifying the battle against the plague. It has been chosen that the National AIDS Control Program will proceed as a Central Sector Scheme.

"The Ministry will begin ART and the cut-off level for start of Anti Retrieval Therapy (ART) will be raised to a CD4 check of 500. This has been currently executed and we are chipping away at increasing present expectations further to treat all and have begun dialogs on those lines," he said.

The Union Health Minister said the administration is quickly treating more than 10 lakh patients with free ARV treatment. He said that the third line ART is currently accessible free under the ART program.

He discharged the 'NACO My Stamp', HIV advising and testing administrations rules and a booklet on evaluation of blood donation centers in India.

Mr Nadda additionally propelled the NACO Mobile Application having a hazard adding machine on HIV/AIDS, benefit catalog tending to myths and confusions with respect to the malady and a connection for a National Toll Free AIDS Helpline and Social Protection plot.

He also cautioned about the emergence of new pockets of infection, rising trends in some low prevalence states like Orissa, Punjab, Jharkhand while states like Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, AP, Karnataka, Gujarat, Goa continue to have prevalence higher than national averages.