AIDS May Kill 11 Million in India Over Twenty Years
August 9, 2006
HIV/AIDS could kill 11 million Indians over the next 20 years, the Times of India reported today, citing an official census forecasting its 2026 population as 1.4 billion -- a 1.2 percent loss. The figure assumes 5 million children unborn to women lost to AIDS. "If we do not stop [the AIDS epidemic] now, the fate of South Africa will overtake us," Mani Shankar Aiyar, the country's minister for local self-government, told a conference of rural political leaders Wednesday. UNAIDS estimates India's HIV caseload is the world's highest, at 5.7 million people, surpassing South Africa, where more than one-ninth of its 45 million population is infected. Nonetheless, Indian officials continue to cite their Health Ministry's estimate of 5.2 million infections.
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.