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643 HIV-positive cases in Chitradurga this year

Staff Correspondent

Hospital takes steps to prevent transmission at birth


AIDS counselling centre in Chitradurga has identified 38 pregnant women with HIV

543 persons have been undergoing

Antiretroviral Therapy in the district


Chitradurga: Noting that chances of HIV/AIDS being transmitted from an HIV-positive mother to her unborn baby was high, P.C. Kumaraswamy, district AIDS Nodal Officer, revealed that the district hospital here had saved 11 babies from being infected.

Speaking at the World AIDS Day programme organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare at the district hospital on Wednesday, he said that the AIDS counselling centre here had identified 38 pregnant women with HIV.

“We have succeeded in preventing transmission of the disease in 98 per cent of deliveries,” he said.

Quoting a report, Dr. Kumaraswamy said that there were around 25 lakh people living with HIV in the country, of which 2.5 lakh were in Karnataka.

In Chitradurga, 643 persons tested positive for HIV from the 14,035 who underwent tests between January and November 30, he said.

The AIDS counselling centre was started here in 2008. Since then, 543 persons have been undergoing the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), he said.

Earlier, the centre had only one doctor, but following the increase in number of people with HIV, another doctor had been appointed, he said.

“The centre has also appointed a person with HIV as coordinator between the centre and others with HIV, as they are in a better position to educate people about the condition,” Dr. Kumaraswamy said.

In her address, zilla panchayat member Arati Shivamurthy called upon people not to ill-treat people with HIV. She said that such people did not need compassion or deserve ill-treatment. “All they need is support from people to lead a normal life,” she added.

Earlier, a jatha was organised to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and means to prevent it.

District Health Officer Venkatashiva Reddy was present.

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