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21.40 lakh people living with HIV in 2017, over two-fifth of them women

India had an estimated 21.40 lakh people living with HIV in 2017, with slightly more than two-fifth of them being women, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) said on Friday. It said the annual new HIV infection cases have declined by more than 60 per cent since 2000, but the rate of decline between 2010 and 2017 have been 27 per cent, far behind the pace needed to reach the 2020 target of 75 per cent reduction in new cases of infection. Around 87,580 new HIV infections and 69,110 AIDS-related deaths occurred last year, the HIV Estimations 2017 report stated. The results of the 2017 round of HIV Estimates confirm the national declining trend in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths corroborating India s success story in curbing the epidemic, the report stated, but stressed that there is no place for complacency as new HIV infections are stable to rising in some locations. Between 2010 and 2017, new infections have declined only by 27 per cent. While this is better .

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