Thursday, April 12, 2007

India’s Major ‘War’: Saving Kids from HIV, AIDS

The Moderate Voice, By Swaraaj Chauhan

With its attention riveted to “War-on-Terror”, the world is yet to wake up to the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) crisis that threatens to cripple a large section of the youth in India.
Thanks to a recent study by the Indian branch of Population Council, many startling facts have emerged. The study has been supported by the U.K.’s DFID (Department for International Development). “Most children are diagnosed as being HIV positive after they are two and a half years or older, and most often they are tested when one or both parents report positive.
“The study acquires special significance as an estimated 80,000 of the 27 million birth that take place in India every year could be HIV-infected.”

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