World AIDS NEWS
Beauty lies in the hair raising deeds that individuals like Bill and Melinda Gates carry out in their endeavor to have positive affects on the lives of over 50 million HIV/AIDS infected people.
Now that's what we call "The Art of Living".
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which released $47 million (Rs. 216 crore) in new grants as part of its $200 million (Rs. 921 crore) India Aids initiative. The grant will support HIV prevention in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Nagaland.
The Higher Education HIV/Aids (Heaids) programme has launched a new website for universities and technikons packed with training manuals and resources on how to combat the disease.
Global Fund 'Urgently' Needs $700 Million To Fund Projects Up for Approval This Year:
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Thursday said that it "urgently" needs at least $700 million to fund projects that are up for approval this year, Reuters reports. The amount is the gap between the total amount asked for in project proposals set to gain approval this year and the $300 million the fund has left to spend this year, according to Reuters.
HIV/AIDS the most highly underestimated epidemic in India....
Indian Medical Expert, Dr Ishwar Gilada, suggests - India will soon have half of the world’s HIV-infected people if the Indian Government and the society failed to meet the challenges soon. It is estimated that one-fifth of India's population (nearly 200 million) was affected by HIV virus and about 10 million had full-blown AIDS. About one million people have already died. It is estimated that if the government, NGOs and the society fail to take timely steps, then India will have 20 million people with AIDS in two year’s time.
Current evidence indicates that the doubling time of the epidemic in India is less than 2 years. Although constituting only 1% of the population, the 4 million infected in India make it the second largest HIV-infected population in the world.
Human Rights Watch gives its highest recognition to Meena Saraswathi Seshu, an activist whose courageous work in southern India has helped women in prostitution and others at high risk of HIV/AIDS to combat abuse and discrimination and become important allies in the fight against a growing AIDS epidemic.
India is the country with second largest population of HIV-infected individuals.
First case of HIV was detected in 1986 in Chennai.
Current estimates of HIV infection among the adults between the age 15-49 years is 0.7 %.
HIV is increasingly being diagnosed among the housewives and pregnant women and not among the high risk groups.
In the last 5 years the infection rate among the commercial sex workers of Mumbai has increased from 1% to 51 %.
States in India - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland have infection rates greater than 1%.
Availability of drugs against HIV --- Out of 15 antiretroviral drugs available worldwide, 10 are available in India. Pharmaceutical company Cipla is the leading manufacturer of these drugs.
HIV virus presents great challenge to the scientists. There are nine genetic variants known as subtypes - from A to J are in circulation in different geographical areas. In India subtype C is prevalent, while in Europe and America, subtype A and B are common. Subtypes may further have many strains. thus even if a vaccine is developed in US it may not be effective in India.