It’s official: JK highly vulnerable to AIDS due to troops’ presence

It’s official: JK highly vulnerable to AIDS due to troops’ presence

JAMMU:  The government on Wednesday revealed that the state is highly vulnerable to AIDS due to the “high concentration of troops”, apart from other factors like tourism, long distance truck drivers and migrant labourers.
Replying to a question by MLC Vijay Bakaya, the government in its written reply informed the Legislative Council that on the basis of Sentinel Surveillance Round-2012 and other studies conducted, the epidemic in J&K is static and under control.
“Though J&K state falls under low prevalence group of states, it is highly vulnerable due to tourism, long distance truck drivers, migrant labourers, and high concentration of security forces,” the government said.
It said that there are 4,000 confirmed HIV positive cases in J&K as per the ICTC report, and 1893 full-blown AIDS cases have been registered, out of which 434 AIDS deaths have taken place so far.
The 4000 cases have surfaced till the end of October 2013.
“The HIV/AIDS graph in respect to Jammu and Kashmir shows declining trend of STI/RTI infection along with HIV transmission,” the government said.
It said that in 2011-12, a total of 84,511 people approached for HIV testing; it included 33,555 general clients and 50,956 pregnant women; in 2012-13 a total of 82,413 people approached for HIV testing including 28,540 general clients and 48,073 pregnant women.
Out of them, 452 persons including 26 women were tested HIV positive during 2011-12, and in 2012-13, 341 people were found to have HIV positive; they included 10 pregnant women and 331 general clients, the government said.
In J&K currently there are two fully functional ART centres, with a total of 3018 patients in HIV care.
Six sexually transmitted disease clinics functioning in different districts of J&K are being supported by NACO and are being provided free drugs and consumables by JKSACS, as per the guidelines of NACO, government of India, the government said.
It also said that for the control of the disease among the high risk groups like female sex workers, men having sex with men, intravenous drug users, and migrant labourers, 13 targeted intervention projects have been launched throughout the state.

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