Pension Plan In India Will Benefit Low-Income HIV-Positive People

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Low-income residents of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh who are living with HIV/AIDS are eligible for a monthly pension from the state to pay for antiretroviral treatment, Ramnarayan Reddy, the state's information minister, announced on Monday, The Telegraph reports (The Telegraph, 1/6).

The Times of India reports that the government has found that 80% of the state's 50,000 HIV/AIDS patients receiving antiretroviral treatment fall below the poverty line (Times of India, 1/5). Under the initiative, which is the first of its kind in the country, about 41,000 people currently taking antiretrovirals will receive the pension, The Telegraph reports.

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To qualify for the monthly pension of 200 rupees, or about $4.08, a patient must have received antiretrovirals from a government facility for at least six months, have a ration card for use by families living below the poverty line and should not be part of another pension system. Families with more than one HIV-positive person will receive a pension for each family member living with the disease.

The initiative is part of a larger effort in the state to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, as Andhra Pradesh has one of the largest populations of people living with the disease in the country (The Telegraph, 1/6).

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