Since beginning work in India in 2004, AHF has emerged as a preeminent HIV/AIDS organization. In 2006, AHF India Cares established the Centre of Excellence ART clinic in New Delhi and became the first provider to offer free ART for those who had developed resistance to certain medications. AHF India Cares has partnered with organizations to expand access to rapid testing programs throughout the country, campaign against increase drug pricing, and promote sexual health and HIV awareness. AHF India Cares advocates for PLWHA by speaking out against stigma and discrimination issues such as excluding PLWHA from health and life insurance. AHF India Cares provides increased access to treatment by having clinics with longer operating hours and mobile testing vans in most-at-risk regions.
While HIV prevalence in India is relatively low at 0.3 percent, in absolute terms this means an estimated 2.1 million people are living with HIV (PLWHA). HIV is concentrated among injecting drug users (IDUs), men who have sex with men (MSM), and female sex workers. Due to frequent drug shortages, less than 25 percent of HIV positive individuals are able to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART). There is little access to HIV testing and often a scarcity of testing kits at counseling and testing centers. However, one of the most significant challenges India faces is the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS. It is common for HIV positive individuals and families to be ostracized or lose their jobs.
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