AIDS cases on the rise in J&K, time for Govt to take account, action

IndiaTv29100a_hivWhile the world is worried about handling the Ebola crisis which has become a global crisis but the state of Jammu and Kashmir is still finding it difficult to handle the spread of AIDS which can be stopped simply by spreading more information, and making an effort to make people more and more aware of the HIV menace. As per the latest figures, at least 2 cases of AIDS are being detected daily in the state, and it is because either an adult gets infected due to unprotected inter-course or a child gets the virus from infected parents. In both the cases the medical experts say that the spread of this virus can be stopped provided there is more awareness among the people, and if they take adequate precautions. The increase is alarming, and if corrctive measures are not taken soon then the numbers could rise because lack of detection could lead to this infection in a number of unsuspecting people.

Activist  meanwhile allege that AIDS prevention, and control has never been on the agenda of the state government despite the fact that there is a conflict situation prevailing. The high number of internally displaced persons, and the presence of large number of security men as well as insurgents also puts the state in high risk of spreading AIDS. While huge amounts of money are being spent on awareness across the country but the state government has failed to scale up the programme in J&K. The huge number of migrant labour living in the state is also a high risk group but there are little or no health checks or screening in this target group.

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