No other word engenders as much fear, revulsion, despair and utter helplessness as AIDS. Despite increased AIDS awareness, the terror persists. AIDS is, in fact, rewriting medical history as humankind’s deadliest scourge.

The first AIDS case in India was detected in 1986, and since then, HIV infection has been reported in all states and union territories.

Estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS, 2007 (according to NACO)

People living with HIV/AIDS: 2.31 million

Adult (15 years or above) HIV prevalence: 0.34%

Previously it was thought that around 5 million people were living with HIV in India – more than in any other country. Better data, including the results of a national household survey conducted in 2005-2006, led to a major revision of the prevalence estimate in July 2007. It is now thought that around 2.3 million people in India are living with HIV. Of these, an estimated 39% are female and 3.5% are children.

National Family Health Survey 2005-2006, HIV statistics

The National Family Health Survey, which tested more than 100,000 people for HIV, also found prevalence to be higher in urban areas (0.35%) than in rural areas (0.25%).

AIDS statistics

NACO has not produced estimates of the number of people living with AIDS and the number of people who have died from AIDS, for some time. Some of the last figures produced were from 2005, which showed that by the end of 2005 the total number of reported AIDS cases in India was 116,905, of which 34,177 were women.  Around a third of these were among people younger than 30 years.

These figures significantly under-represent the actual number of people living with AIDS. Many AIDS deaths go unreported in India, due to unprecedented levels of stigma and discrimination. In many situations a patient will die without HIV having been diagnosed, and with the death attributed to an opportunistic infection, such as tuberculosis.

Main Events for HIV/ AIDS Awareness organized by SNBS

In order to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Mass awareness events carried out by SNBS every year to educate, motivate, and mobilize the local community in the response to HIV/AIDS. Below are the photographs of main activities organized by SNBS, from beginning up till Date.

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