Thursday, September 18, 2008

The HIV/AIDS Problem in India

  • The age group of 15-29 years comprises almost 25 percent of the country's population; but account for 31 percent of AIDS burden.

  • The physiologic pre-disposition to adventure makes young people more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Infections than adults.

  • Absence of information and lack of correct information (almost 73% of young people have misconceptions about modes of HIV transmission) makes discussing issues around sexuality taboo for youth, thus adding to their vulnerability further.

  • Most young people become sexually active during adolescence. Lack of guidance and information makes them more likely to have multiple partners & unprotected sex with high risk behavior groups.
  • NACO (2007) estimates around 2.5 million people living with HIV in India.

  • The UN India Progress Report 2008 indicates that 57 % of 15-24 year olds had incorrect knowledge of HIV and AIDS.

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