World Aids Day on December 1: Dakshina Kannada saw steady decline in cases | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Dakshina Kannada district has witnessed a steady decline in HIV/AIDS cases since the last several years. District health and family welfare officer Dr Ramachandra Bairy said that awareness programmes undertaken by the department helped in bringing down the number of cases in the district.
He said though the district was in the red zone, the number of fresh positive cases have declined drastically from 1,169 cases in 2008 to 103 in 2020 (till date). In 2017, a total of 595 positive cases were reported in the district and in 2018, the district reported 530 positive cases. Meanwhile, in 2019, only 422 cases were reported, he added.
The HIV infection among pregnant women has reduced to 0.04 % (It was 0.06 % in 2017-18) in Karnataka. On an average 30,000 pregnant women undergo HIV/AIDS tests in a year in the district. There are 472 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) in Karnataka. Though 14,50,538 pregnant women underwent screening for HIV/Aids, as many as 622 were tested positive to HIV in the state, he said adding that there are 64 Anti-Retroviral Treatment centres, 313 Link ART centres in Karnataka.
As per the data available with ART centres, the district has 8,432 HIV infected cases and of which, 1769 have died. Currently, 4,080 are undergoing treatment at ART centres. Among the infected, 2,022 are men, 1729 are women, 161 boys and 165 girls and three transgenders. There are 20 ICTCs, two ICTCs run under PPP mode, 2 ART centres, 13 Link ART centres in the district. As many as 93 Red Ribbons Clubs have been started in colleges in the district to create awareness on HIV/Aids, Dr Bairy said.
World Aids Day will be observed at Yenepoya Medical College in Deralakatte on December 1 with the theme ‘global solidarity shared responsibility.’

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