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India Has Half of Asia's HIV Patients

December 6, 2011

India is home to 49 percent of Asia's 4.8 million people with HIV, according to a joint report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The Hindu, a New Delhi-based daily newspaper, published the statistics on World AIDS Day. The report notes that among sex workers, the HIV infection rate fell from 25 percent to 13 percent between 2004 and 2009 in Karnataka state, and from 45 percent to 13 percent between 2004 and 2010 in Mumbai. During the past five years, however, there was a dramatic increase in the proportion of pregnant women testing HIV-positive, indicating more preventive activities are needed.

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Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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