70,000 Indian children under age 15 have AIDS

One in every eight children having AIDS globally are from India, said an Indian official on Tuesday.

70,000 Indian children under age 15 have AIDS
One in every eight children having AIDS globally are from India, said an Indian official on Tuesday.

About 70,000 children below the age of 15 in India were suffering from HIV/AIDS, Naresh Dayal, Secretary in the Indian Health Ministry told reporters here today.

"There may be 70,000 children infected with HIV in India with nearly 21,000 new infections occurring every year," he said. Dayal added, "The figure is based on the new estimates of HIV prevalence in India".

Explaining the measures launched to reduce the number of children being born with HIV infection, Dayal said: "The government is implementing a nationwide programme called Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission."

"Since the introduction of this scheme four years ago, the Health Ministry has counselled and tested nearly five million mothers, detected 47,000 HIV positive mothers and provided prophylaxis to 20,000 mother-baby pairs for AIDS prevention," Dayal informed.

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