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AHF India Cares started operations in India in the year 2004, serving the nation with free HIV Care, Support and Treatment services. A pioneer in Community based HIV Testing (CBT) model in India AHF India Cares paved way for the nation to adopt the CBT model recently. Across the country, AHF India Cares rolled out 1.5 million free community-based HIV testing and more than 10,000 new HIV positive cases were identified, of which, more than 8000 positives cases are linked to Government ART centres – thereby complimenting the National AIDS response. AHF India Cares also dedicated the first Centre of Excellence (COE) ART Clinic at New Delhi, to the nation in 2007. Ever since, AHF India Cares has emerged as a pre-eminent HIV Care organization in India by expanding clinical services to Panvel, Navi Mumbai and thus offering free care support and treatment services to more than 1900 people living with HIV (PLHIV). AHF India Cares also leads the Indian Civil Society advocacy efforts on multiple issues like drug patents, drug prices, affordable treatment for HIV, HCV and TB, rights and entitlements of PLHIV, sustainable funding for HIV programs and protection of rights for women’s / marginalized/ LGBTQI communities.
While HIV prevalence in India is relatively low at 0.25 percent in 2017, in absolute terms this means an estimated 2.1 million people are living with HIV (PLHIV). HIV is concentrated among injecting drug users (IDUs), men who have sex with men (MSM), Transgenders and female sex workers.
In 2016, an estimated 2.1 million Indians are living with HIV, out of the 1.32 billion total population. An estimated 79,000 new HIV infections occurred in 2016. Gender prevalence amongst adults (15-49) shows women at 0.22% compared to men at 0.3%*. Out of the estimated 2.1 million Indians living with HIV, approximately 1.05 million are on treatment.**
*Source India HIV Estimations 2015, Technical Report, National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India
** Sankalak: Status of National AIDS Response – December 2017, National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
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