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Pondicherry bags top place in HIV control and prevention

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Union territory of Pondicherry has achieved zero prevalence of HIV.
Speaking to reporters, director of health and family welfare service, K V Raman said, ‘Around 800 pregnant women were taken for testing HIV and none of them tested positive. Hence the union government officially announced that the city is zero prevalence in HIV and stands first among all other states’.
The survey was a part of the Union government’s HIV sentinel surveillance conducted once in two years through the National Aids Control Organisation, New Delhi, in all the states and Union territories of India. In the previous 2014 HIV sentinel surveillance, Puducherry was placed 10th with a prevalence of 0.13%.
Puducherry also stood first with least HIV prevalence of 0.2% in “the men having sex with men” (MSMs) among all states and Union territories. The prevalence in India is 2.69% among the MSMs. Puducherry was ranked fourth with a prevalence of 1.21% in the previous 2014 HIV sentinel surveillance.

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