Plan to make Andhra Pradesh AIDS-free by 2030 – The New Indian Express
Express press service
VIJAYAWADA: The state government is ready to fill all vacancies in the AP State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) soon. According to the NACO-2020 study, Andhra Pradesh ranks third for HIV seropositivity among the at-risk population with 1.37%. The government aims to make the PA an HIV/AIDS-free state by 2030.
According to APSACS, there were 2,00,649 patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the state as of May 2022. Of these, 85,089 are male, 1,07,178 female, and 601 transgender. There are around 8,000 children on ART – 4,051 boys and 3,730 girls.
East Godavari district has the highest number of 30,008 AIDS patients on ART, followed by Guntur (25,383), Krishna (22,249) and West Godavari (20,623). Vizianagaram has the lowest number of patients on ART 7,310, followed by Srikakulam (7,513) and Kadapa (8,147).
The state government is taking several measures to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in Andhra Pradesh. APSACS plans to provide special training to ANMs of village and neighborhood secretariats and female police officers on AIDS prevention measures. He plans to set up an ART drug center every 50 km for the benefit of patients.
APSACS will work with the Indian School of Business to promote the use of condoms and ensure their availability. Wide publicity will be given to the toll-free number 1097, through which the public can clarify their doubts about HIV/AIDS. in APSACS will soon be filled.
The government will also sensitize university students on the need to practice safer sex, ie to use condoms.
The government will focus on high-risk groups, who are HIV-positive, and educate them to use exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) drugs. Blood collection centers will also be set up and measures will be taken to ensure timely supply of safe blood to those in need, the project manager said.