India is estimated to have practically 23.49 lakh individuals residing with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in 2019, in accordance with the federal government’s HIV estimates report (2019). As per the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare (MoHFW) estimates, the HIV epidemic has an general lowering pattern within the nation with estimated annual new HIV infections declining by 37 per cent between 2010 and 2019. Nevertheless, how do issues change amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic?
We certainly must have a complete and broader strategy, says Dr Arvind Aggarwal, senior marketing consultant, Inside Medication, Sri Balaji Motion Medical Institute as he shares extra about HIV, and explains if HIV-AIDS sufferers are extra vulnerable to COVID an infection.
*First, we have to perceive each infections individually. HIV crashes immunity within the sufferers and so does COVID; therefore such sufferers have to be additional cautious and cautious.
As per MoHFW, HIV an infection in India is especially attributable to engagement in excessive danger behaviours. The principle high-risk behaviours recognized for HIV an infection in India contains unprotected heterosexual behaviour, unprotected gay behaviour, and unsafe injecting drug use behaviour.