Mumbai: Less than 0.5 per cent of commuters were living with the HIV infections, says Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) who had conducted 10-day workshops at the city's several railway stations
As per the data, nearly 30,000 commuters were screened at nine railway stations, of which 88 people were detected living with HIV infections. Senior official said it was part of the awareness organised by MDACS to mark ‘World HIV Day’ where travellers can come voluntarily to the testing counter and get themselves tested. However, all the above people have been put on Antiretroviral therapy (ART)
Places where tests were conducted
The testing counters were placed at Andheri, Bandra, Borivli, CSTM, Dadar, Ghatkopar, Kurla, Mankhurd, and Wadala.
Dr Vijay Karanjkar, Additional project director of MDACS said they had organised a 10-day screening program in December at major railway stations which saw a large number of footfalls. Mumbaikars responded enthusiastically to the voluntary camp. Of the total 29,314 people who underwent testing, and 88 (0.3%) people were found positive which is equal to the Maharashtra state positivity rate.
“Those who tested positive were unaware that they were suffering from the infection. They have all been put on ART treatment. We always encourage people to go for HIV testing to know their status. Early diagnosis helps to prevent the spread of disease and timely treatment can lead to a healthy life,” he said.
Meanwhile, data released by the MDACS showed a decline in the new HIV infections in Mumbai.
4,75,540 tested in the, (0.9 percent) 4,473 found positive
3,87,399 tested, (0.08 percent) 3,087 found positive
April – October 2022
25,2962 tested (0.08 percent) 1,910 found HIV positive
Deaths due to HIV
2021-22 - 1,245 deaths
2019-20 (pre covid) 1,265
April - October 2022 - 487 people have died due to HIV.
Ganesh Acharya, HIV/AIDS activist said the number of HIV/AIDS deaths in the city is of concern. “The number of people who died in 2021-22 is almost the same as pre-Covid days. We need more interventions for early detection and early treatment to prevent deaths. During the Covid-19 pandemic, both the screening, intervention had taken a hit,” he said