Fall in number of HIV cases in Telangana
The efforts by governmental and non-governmental agencies working towards prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in the district are paying off, resulting in fall in number of HIV positive cases. There is decrease in the number of HIV positive cases in the erstwhile Warangal district this year in comparison to previous years. This year, so far 547 positive cases are tested while during the year 2016-
Warangal Urban: The efforts by governmental and non-governmental agencies working towards prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in the district are paying off, resulting in fall in number of HIV positive cases. There is decrease in the number of HIV positive cases in the erstwhile Warangal district this year in comparison to previous years. This year, so far 547 positive cases are tested while during the year 2016-17 a total of 1040 positive cases are tested at different government hospitals in Warangal urban and rural, Jangaon, Mahabubabad and Jayashanker Bhupalpally districts.
According to the district medical and health department statistics, every year on an average 1080 new HIV positive cases are being registered in the erstwhile district. Warangal urban district is recording 57 new HIV cases every month, highest of all the five districts and three are pregnant women.
In the case of pregnant women, 51 HIV positive cases were found last year while this year 33 cases were tested positive during Antenatal Screening (ANC) in the erstwhile district. These figures were related to tests at government hospitals alone. “In recent years we have increased the surveillance and HIV tests are made compulsory for pregnant women at all government hospitals. Since last April we have conducted ANC for 24,503 pregnant women of which 23 are found positive and the incidence is 0.09 per cent” informed additional district medical and health officer Dr P Madanmohan Rao.
Special focus is being laid on persons with high risk groups like sex workers, transgender and homo sexual persons, truck drivers and others. There are four Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs), 16 Facility Integrated ICTCs, one antiretroviral therapy (ART) centre and one ART plus centre in Warangal urban district.
About 6932 high risk group persons are registered with the ARTs in erstwhile Warangal, he said. Measures towards strengthening the HIV testing and covering of uncovered population, training ANMs in HIV screening and counselling to test the ANC mothers at field level and to identify the risky pregnancies at earlier stage are being taken, Dr Rao told The Hans India.
Besides that, field campaigning, condom promotion, importance of ICTC testing, need of regular and medical checkups are being taken up as part of National AIDS Control Programme in collaboration with the department of AIDS control. Special emphasis is being made on ending isolation and stigma towards people living with HIV and HIV transmission is made. Marking this year’s World AIDS Day-2017 observed on Dec 1 with the theme ‘Right to health’ several awareness programmes are planned, Dr. Rao added.