HIV Cases Declining Among Military Personnel In India

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The Indian Ministry of Defence on Monday announced that the number of HIV cases among military personnel in the country is declining, ANI/Daily India reports.Defence Minister A.K. Antony told the country's Parliament that therewere 377 HIV cases recorded among military personnel in 2006 -- about0.28% of the military -- compared with 501 cases in 2001. Some reportsestimate the number of HIV-positive people in the country's military isas high as 4,000, ANI/Daily India reports.


Accordingto an internal analysis, 81% of military personnel who are HIV-positiveare in the army, compared with 2% and 10% in the air force and navy,respectively, ANI/Daily India reports (ANI/Daily India,9/10). According to Antony, the ministry is implementing programs tomonitor personnel at high risk of contracting HIV, including thosereporting to or returning from U.N. peacekeeping missions, those withsexually transmitted infections and blood donors.

In addition, the Armed Forces Medical Services in coordination with the National AIDS Control Organization and UNAIDS has launched a program aimed at preventing and controlling HIV among military personnel, PTI/The Hindu reports (PTI/The Hindu, 9/10). The ministry also has increased efforts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among military personnel and their families, ANI/Daily India reports (ANI/Daily India, 9/10).

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