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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda releasing the “Integrated E- Training Module on HIV – TB”, at a function, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, 2015, organised by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi on December 01, 2015. The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Secretary (Health), Shri B.P. Sharma, the Additional Secretary, NACO, Shri N.S. Kang, the Country Coordinator, UNAID India, Mr. Oussama Tawil, the WHO Representative to India, Mr. Hendrik Jan Bekudam and the Country Director, UNDP, Mr. Jaco Cilliers are also seen.

India Has 2.1 million HIV Patients, One-third Unaware of it!

The number of HIV positive patients in India has crossed 2 million but nearly one-third of them are unaware of the fact that they possess the condition, said the Union Health Ministry.

Union health ministry’s additional secretary, Health cum Director General NACO (National Aids Control Organisation) Navreet Singh Kang said the focus should be on identifying and diagnosing those who are unaware of the HIV positive status and start their treatment.

Addressing at the “HIV prevention, treatment and care programme for Punjab prisons” on Saturday in Chandigarh, Kang said, “There are nearly 21 lakh HIV positive patients in the country and about 7 lakhs of them are not even aware of their status.”

Those undergoing jail term in prisons are some of those most affected, he pointed out. Stressing the need to implement a “National Prison HIV Strategy”, he said it will be implemented in phases.

The Phase 1 was launched in February 2016 in 8 northeastern states and is now being launched for Punjab and Chandigarh prisons. It entails post-release referrals and linkages for various HIV prevention and treatment services, he said.

Punjab’s Principal Secretary Health, Vini Mahajan extended the state Health Department’s support to ensure that the prisons are provided adequate medical care for jail inmates. It will cover 8 central jails in Punjab to begin with, she said.

Principal Secretary-Home (Prisons) Sanjay Kumar said, “Initiating HIV interventions in prisons will help to halt and reverse the HIV trend in the state.”

The central government has claimed that under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), a declining trend of new HIV infection has been reported in 2015.

National AIDS Control Programme Performance on key indicators


S. No Indicator 2015-16
Target Achievement

(Till October 2015)

1 New Targeted Interventions established 35 15*
2 STI/RTI  patients managed as per national protocol 56 lakh 48.81 lakh
3 Blood collection in NACO supported blood bank 48 lakh 33.53 lakh
4 Proportion of blood units collected by Voluntary blood donation in NACO Supported Blood Banks 75% 78%
5 Districts covered under Link Worker Scheme (Cumulative) 163 130*
6 Clients tested for HIV (General clients) 94 lakh 82.1 lakhs
7 Pregnant Women tested for HIV 94 lakh 64.9 lakhs
8 Proportion of HIV+ pregnant Women and Babies who are initiated on Multidrug Antiretroviral regimen 85% 97.2%#
9 HIV-TB Cross Referrals 10 lakh 11.4 lakh
10 New ART Centers established 55 44
11 PLHIV on ART (Cumulative) 9.41 9.07 lakh
12 Opportunistic Infections  treated 3 lakh 2.85 lakh
13 Campaigns released on Mass Media – TV/Radio 6 2
14 New Red Ribbon Clubs formed in Colleges 440 32
15 Persons trained under Mainstreaming training programmes 2.6 lakh 1.07 lakhs
16 Social Marketing of  condoms by NACO contracted  Social Marketing Organizations 35.2 crore


2.8 crore


17 Free Distribution of Condoms 29.6 crore


8.79 crore


*till November 2015; #till September 2015

The steps taken to fine tune the Programme performance include regular review meetings, field visits and feedback provided to State AIDS Control Societies etc.



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