'60,557 AIDS cases, 3,715 deaths in Maharashtra in 21 years'

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Nagpur, Dec 19 (UNI) A total of 60,557 cases of AIDS have been detected and 3,715 deaths due to the disease have been reported in Maharashtra in the last 21 years, according to government officials.

Speaking to reporters here today, District Civil Surgeon Dr B K Somani said according to the AIDS Case Surveillance Report for Maharashtra, 41,985 males and 18,572 females were detected with the syndrome in the state between August 1986 and September 2007.

The number of AIDS cases include 36,018 in Mumbai alone, with 25,322 males and 10,696 females having been detected with the disorder, he said.

The 3,715 deaths due to AIDS reported during the period include 2,666 males and 1,049 females. The number of deaths reported in Mumbai was 1,551, with 1,093 male and 458 female deaths, Dr Somani said.

Mumbai is followed by Pune in terms of cases detected and by Sangli in the number of deaths reported during the period, Dr Somani said. A total of 4,528 AIDS cases (2,614 males, 1,914 females) were detected and 173 deaths (95 males, 78 females) were reported in Pune district, he said.

Similarly, 2,932 cases (2,030 males, 902 females) were detected and 640 deaths (445 males, 195 females) reported in Sangli district, the District Civil Surgeon said.

Dr Somani said that of the 60,557 AIDS cases in Maharashtra, 8,966 were detected between January and September 2007, with the remaining 51,591 between August 1986 and December 2006. Similarly, of the 3,715 deaths, 557 were reported during the first nine months of 2007, and 3,158 between August 1986 and December 2006, he said.

A total of 2,85,861 people were diagnosed as HIV (Human Immuno Virus) positive during the period in Maharashtra, with 50,223 from January to September this year, and the remaining 2,35,638 from August 1986 to December 2006, Dr Somani said.

The statistics are from the checks carried out at various test centres across the state during the last 21 years, the Civil Surgeon added.

UNI

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