Srinagar, Dec 2 IBNS | 2 years ago

Jammu and Kashmir has more than 3,500 people living with Human Immuno deficiency virus (HIV) while more than a thousand are living on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) which is meant to maximally suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of HIV disease.

According to official sources, Jammu division tops in HIV positive patients with more than 80 percent cases while in Kashmir Valley less than 20 percent positive HIV cases were detected so far.

The total number of HIV positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir more than 450 in the current year 2013.

Even though government of Jammu & Kashmir, media, various civil societies and NGOs have launched massive awareness campaigns at district levels by organizing seminars and other mediums about the prevention of AIDS, they are seen as not sufficient.

Every year December 1 is celebrated as World Aids Day and the recently released UNAIDS report 2013, claims that India has managed to reduce new HIV infections by a staggering 57 percent since 2001.

In Jammu & Kashmir, drug addicts, are mainly the high risk groups for HIV, who are 15-30 times more likely to contract HIV.

While Taking To IBNS on phone, M. M. Idrees-ul-Haq C.E.O, Social Royal Voluntary Environmental Service (SRVES) Kashmir said that the civil society in the state shall raise its voice if the disease was not controlled.

He also appealed the Chief Minister of State Omar Abdullah to make strict laws to curb anti-HIV discrimination and provide sensitization to people to deal with people who suffer from the condition by opening ART rehabilitation centers not only for each Division but two for each district .

(Posted on 02-12-2013)