In a commendable achievement by the Indian government, the number of new HIV infections has dropped from 2.51 lakhs to just 86 thousand in the period between 2000 and 2015, according to a statement made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Parliament on Friday.
The drop is a 66 per cent reduction in new HIV infections, which is significantly lower than the global average of 35 per cent. Additionally, AIDS related deaths have also reduced by 54 per cent since 2007. The improvements have allowed India to successfully achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 related to stopping and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The Ministry also stated that under the National AIDS Control Programme, every HIV positive person was being provided free Antiretroviral treatment, treatment for opportunistic infections and counselling services from 536 Antiretroviral treatment centres to 10.94 lakhs. The total number of HIV/AIDS patients in India is 12.51 lakhs.