AIDS deaths, more people living with HIV, women at highest risk in India

15 September 2018

India's newly released HIV/AIDS Estimation Report (2017) shows an increase in the number of people living with HIV (211,700 in 2015 to 214,000 in 2017) and AIDS-related deaths (67,612 in 2015 to 69,110 in 20170) and a marginal decline in infections. At the current pace of progress, India will miss the global target of 75 per cent reduction in new HIV infections from the base value in 2010.

A major take-away from the findings is the continuing feminisation of the AIDS epidemic in India. Slightly more than two fifths (42 per cent) of the total number of people living with HIV are women. 

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