The Government is organizing an event to commemorate World AIDS Day on 1st December, 2019 in New Delhi. The theme of the event is “Communities make the difference”. The event will be attended by People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Communities, Students, Media, Experts, Senior officers and staff of Ministries/Departments and State AIDS Control Societies.
As per latest estimations (2017), there are around 21.40 lakh People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in India. HIV estimations 2017 report has indicated around 2.70 lakh PLHIV in Andhra Pradesh.
National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase-IV (Extension), 2017-20 is under implementation as 100% Central Sector Scheme through 37 State/District AIDS Control Societies for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. NACP response to HIV/AIDS epidemic in India comprise a comprehensive three-pronged strategy of prevention, testing and treatment supported through critical enablers of Information Education Communication (IEC), laboratory services and strategic information management. Communities are at the centre of response, and equity, gender and respect for the rights of communities are NACP’s guiding principles.
Currently, there are around 1,408 targeted interventions for prevention of new HIV infection among high risk groups. HIV counselling and testing services are being provided through 31,631 facilities. Free lifelong Anti-Retroviral Therapy for HIV is being provided through 1,656 centers.
State/UT AIDS Control Societies are instructed to ensure the availability of HIV testing kits and drugs by means of relocation/diversion from facilities or undertake local procurement to prevent shortages.
The Government has developed seven years National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV/AIDS and STI 2017 – 2024 to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal i.e. ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The fast track target by 2020 envisaged the National AIDS Control Programme:
- 75% reduction in new HIV infections,
- Achieving 90-90-90 i.e. 90% of those who are HIV positive in the country know their status, 90% of those who know their status are on treatment and 90% of those who are on treatment experience effective viral load suppression,
- Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and
- Elimination of HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination.