HIV and AIDS awareness program held in Kohima; 2.25% tested positive in the year 2017-18

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Kohima, August 12: Out of the 11829 general clients tested, a total of 266 clients were tested HIV positive, 2.25% of the total tested according to the Kohima district analysis from April 2017 to March 2018. This was informed by the resource speaker,Sentimongla Tzudir,District Program Officer, District AIDS Prevention Control Unit, Kohima during the awareness program on HIV/AIDS at Mount Sinai Hr. Sec. School, New Minister Hill,Kohima on Saturday.
The event is organized Kohima Chakhesang Students’ Union held an awareness program.
Tzudir also said a total of 2382 ANC client were also tested during the same time and a total of 34 clients were tested HIV +ve, 1.43% of the total tested.
Out of the 300 tested HIV +ve, 68% of the total HIV positive are in the age group of 15-35 years of age. 95.67% of transmission is through the sexual route said the district programme officer.
While mentioning that Dimapur is the highest HIV AIDS prevailing rate followed by Kohima and Tuensang.
In Nagaland there is an adult HIV prevalence of 0.78% according to the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) Technical report. According to the HIV Sentinel Surveillance of 2016-17 by NACO, Nagaland has a 0.82% HIV prevalence among asking ANC clinic, attendees which is higher than the national average of 0.28%.
She also spoke on the importance of how HIV are transmitted to another person. Stating HIV AIDS is very old but she encouraged the students to know the status of his/her state through the blood test.
While deliberating on the issues of prevention. She said “HIV and AIDS cannot be cured but preventable through proper medication from concern department.
“HIV can be detected only through blood test and not through his/her physical appearances. HIV can be tested through Kohima hospital, PHCs and CHS in Kohima district and Family Planning Association of India, Kohima branch.
“Once a person is tested HIV positive he/she is referred and registered at the research Anti Retroviral Therapy Centre (ARTC) said Tzudir.
According to the Kohima Chakhesang Students’ Union president Zacusato Theyo, a total 18 students tested their blood (ICTC). (Page News Service)