APSACS prepares action plan to control AIDS

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Hyderabad, Apr 11 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) has prepared a Rs 90 crore action plan to organise welfare programmes to contain HIV/AIDS in the state.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, APSACS Project Director R V Chandravadan said as per the 2006 statistics, of the 2.4 million HIV positive cases reported in India, about 5.4 lakh cases were from Andhra Pradesh.

He said about 1.15 lakh female sex workers, 46,000 male sex workers and 3000 drug users were affected by the disease.

Due to various measures initiated by APSACS in the last ten years, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has come down drastically, he claimed, and added in accordance with the goal of the third phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).

He said APSACS aimed to reduce transmission of HIV infection through blood and blood products to less than 0.3 per cent and to make available safe blood and blood products by enhancing the collection of blood from 3.54 lakhs units to 12 lakh units. There were three Blood Component Separation Units. During 2008-09, the National AIDS Control Organisation was contemplating to add three more centres.

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