Invest in the health of ALL populations at risk of HIV Infection in India

Shobha Shukla - CNS
According to a recent UNDP report India has 30.5 million men-who-sex-with-men (MSM), and over a million Hijras, or transgenders. The national HIV prevalence amongst MSM is estimated at 7.41%, with 24% MSM testing positive for HIV in the state of Goa, and 18.8% in Mumbai. While MSM are at a high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV, only about 4% of those at risk are currently able to access appropriate HIV services in India. In this dismal scenario, the Global Fund For AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), Round 9 has done well to fund community-strengthening projects to reduce vulnerability and minimise risk of the further spread of HIV amongst MSM, and transgender populations in South Asia. Now it has to be ensured that through proper execution of these projects, more lives are saved and more infections are prevented in the members of this community. Read more

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