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Kashmir reports six times increase in AIDS

Srinagar, Thursday, February 28, 2008:

Indian administered Kashmir has reported 42 AIDS deaths in 2007 and a six times increase in the number of AIDS cases compared to previous year, the Indian government said Wednesday.

According to figures provided by the state government to New Delhi, 211 cases of AIDS were reported in the region in 2007 compared to 34 cases in 2006.

The government also reported 42 AIDS deaths in 2007.

The figures for the previous years were not available.

Giving details about the state wise figures of reported HIV positive AIDS cases in Indian Parliament, India’s Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Panabaaka Lakshmi said Phase III of the National AIDS Control Programme has been formulated to control the spread of HIV by up scaling targeted interventions among the high risk groups, behaviour change communication for improved awareness, expanding, counseling and testing services, blood safety, support and treatment of HIV infected persons including the treatment of opportunistic infections, provision of anti-retroviral drugs and mainstreaming of HIV intervention strategies.

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