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HIV prevalence down to 0.03 per cent in Himachal

Shimla ,There is good news for Himachal Pradesh as HIV-AIDS prevalence rate in the state has come down to 0.03 per cent, against the figure of 0.36 per cent recorded in 2007. Officials attribute it to the increased number of voluntary testing centres in the state, as a result of which as many as 2,07,360 people, including 77,104 pregnant women, turned up for tests.

Out of the 4,829 HIV positive people — of them 1,145 are full-blown cases of AIDS — in the state, many have become part of active groups of People Living With AIDS (PLWA) and have scripted stories of resilience by asserting themselves in the society. In 2007, there were 1,930 HIV positive people, of which 397 were full-blown AIDS cases.

Manu (name changed), 26, from Bilaspur district is one such person. She works as an aanganwadi worker in her village and had faced social boycott about four years ago after her husband died of AIDS.

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