Mar 122016

people living with HIV

India has 21.17 lakh people living with HIV, the third largest in the world after South Africa (68 lakh) and Nigeria (34 lakh), health minister J P Nadda informed Lok Sabha.

To facilitate this, the government has decided to revamp its National AIDS Control Programme and extend free anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to those with a CD4 cell count of less than 500, earlier this was at 300. CD4 is a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

At present, Nadda said there are 524 ART centres and 1,094 link centres in the country providing free anti-retroviral therapy, treatment for opportunistic infections and counselling services to 9.25 lakh people living with HIV.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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