Bangalore city tops in HIV cases in K'taka: Official

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Gulbarga, Jan 24 (UNI) Bangalore city, the information technology hub of India, has the highest number of HIV positive and AIDS cases, according to Karnataka AIDS Prevention Society Director G B Mati.

Speaking at a workshop on 'HIV-AIDS awareness organised by the Centre for Advocary and Research, he said as many as 12,013 HIV positive cases and 2,136 cases of full fledged AIDS had been registered in Bangalore (Urban) till September 2007.

The number of HIV positive cases reported in Bangalore (rural) was 1,526, while cases of AIDS accounted for 129, he said, adding 248 people had died of AIDS in Bangalore (urban) during the last 20 years.

Dharwad district in the state stood with 10,635 HIV positive and 1,165 AIDS cases. As many as 94 people died of AIDS in the district, he added.

As per the statistics available so far, 1,26,599 people were infected with HIV positive and 14,024 peple were suffering from full fledged AIDS in the state.

He said the State Government had established several Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) centres in various places, including Gulbarga, where drugs were given free of cost.

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