Health Officials Recognize World Aids Day 2016

December 1, is designated as World AIDS Day and the day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. "But we're also going to employ sexual health training for healthcare providers & make big data available for prevention program designers to exploit every possible opportunity to end the spread of HIV". "In a move to grant stronger protection to the country's HIV community, the government also plans to introduce the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill in Rajya Sabha during the ongoing winter session".

In 2015, the total number of people living with HIV in India were estimated at 21.17 lakh, whereas 86,000 new HIV cases were found.

"HIV self-testing should open the door for many more people to know their HIV status and find out how to get treatment and access prevention services", she said.

As the world marks World Aids Day, the UNAIDS says AIDS is not over, but it can be if the world collectively takes up the life-cycle approach so that children would be born free, kept free and stay free of HIV.

He said there were other diseases which "have not received the same attention as AIDS and which affect far more people". There are an estimated 12.2 lakh people now living in India with HIV (PLHIV).

One of the most destructive pandemics in history, HIV and AIDS have killed approximately 35 million people since their discovery in 1984.

"Here and around the world, almost 18 million people are receiving the treatment and care they need".

Men account for only 30 per cent of people who have tested for HIV. Last year, 345 people were diagnosed and linked to medical care through community testing, Davis said.