Punjab: After drugs, AIDS scare; In 5 years, 34 per cent rise -Raakhi Jagga

-The Indian Express

The increase has been continuous with 5543 cases detected in 2015-16, followed by 5987 case in 2016-17. In 2017-18, the figure stood at 6730. These numbers of HIV patients are as per Punjab State AIDS Control Society.

Ludhiana:
In five years, total number of HIV cases detected in Punjab have seen a 34 per cent rise, with the number increasing with each passing year. The National AIDS Control Organisation has indicated that the number is likely to cross 10,000 in this financial year. Already, 2943 patients have tested HIV positive in the first quarter of 2019-20. While in 2014-15, there were 5385 HIV positive cases detected in Punjab, this number touched 8133 by 2018-19 end.

The increase has been continuous with 5543 cases detected in 2015-16, followed by 5987 case in 2016-17. In 2017-18, the figure stood at 6730. These numbers of HIV patients are as per Punjab State AIDS Control Society.

Amritsar worst hit in five years

If figures are segregated district wise, Amritsar tops the list as it has a total of 4878 HIV patients in the past five years (from 2014-15 to 2018-19) followed by Ludhiana which recorded a total of 4045 patients in five years.

Jalandhar was at the third position with 3268 patients followed by Patiala with 2289 patients recorded in the five-year span. However, if only financial year 2018-19 is taken into account, Ludhiana was at number 1 with 1014 HIV positive patients followed by Amritsar with 966 patients. Jalandhar and Patiala recorded 863 and 806 HIV positive patients, respectively, in 2018-19.

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The Indian Express, 31 July, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/punjab-after-drugs-aids-scare-in-5-yrs-34-rise-5865196/

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