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595 fresh HIV positive cases every month in Bihar in 2009
With a report published today on the World Aids Day, nearly 595 fresh HIV positive cases have been recorded every month in Bihar this year as against zero in the state before 2001.These figures have been revealed by the NACO's ICTC.
AT THE beginning of 1986, despite over 20,000 reported AIDS cases worldwide, India had no reported cases of HIV or AIDS. There was recognition, though, that this would not be the case for long, and concerns were raised about how India would cope once HIV and AIDS cases started to emerge. One report, published in a medical journal in January 1986, stated:

“Unlike developed countries, India lacks the scientific laboratories, research facilities, equipment, and medical personnel to deal with an AIDS epidemic. In addition, factors such as cultural taboos against discussion of sexual practices, poor coordination between local health authorities and their communities, widespread poverty and malnutrition, and a lack of capacity to test and store blood would severely hinder the ability of the Government to control AIDS if the disease did become widespread.”

This medical journal stated truth with India having 2.31 million HIV infected people in 2007.

With a report published today on the World Aids Day, nearly 595 fresh HIV positive cases have been recorded every month in Bihar this year as against zero in the state before 2001.These figures have been revealed by the NACO's Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) .

With 6550 fresh cases detected in 2009 so far, the total number of HIV-infected persons now stands at 24,835 which is,however, far less than the estimated 82,000, the ICTC report
said.

The rise in the positive cases has been registered despite crores of rupees being spent under the HIV Prevention and Treatment Programme.

On an average National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) spends about Rs 22 crore every month in Bihar to contain the spread of the dreaded disease, NACO officials said
In a country where poverty, illiteracy and poor health are rife, the spread of HIV presents a daunting challenge.

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