India Should Target HIV Prevention Efforts At High-Risk Groups
Indiashould focus its HIV prevention efforts at high-risk groups in light of recentdata that found the number of people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS inthe country is half of previous estimates, Lalit Dandona and Rakhi Dandona ofthe Administrative Staff College of India wrote in a commentary published inthe Dec. 1 issue of the Lancet, ANI/Cheers News reports (ANI/Cheers News, 12/4).
Indian Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss in July announced that the number ofpeople estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in the country is about 2.47million, or half of previous estimates, according to United Nations-backedgovernment estimates. The new estimate decreases
According to the authors, in light of the new estimate,
They also said that it is vital for the public health approach to HIV controlin the country to become more scientific. "The establishment of a reliableestimate of HIV burden in India is only an initial step," the authorswrote, adding that what is "needed now is more scientific effort to understandthe dynamics of HIV spread in Indiaand the impact of interventions on HIV control" (ANI/Cheers News,12/4).
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