Saturday, November 22, 2014

AIDS awareness to run in Namchi this year

The Sikkim State AIDS Control Society [SSACS] will be organizing an open marathon on World AIDS Day [01 December] at Namchi this year. SSACS has been holding this marathon in Gangtok for the past few years.
Project Director, SSACS, Dr. Uttam Pradhan, informs that the Multi-Media Campaign 2014-15 for AIDS awareness will also be launched the same day. A musical programme and a theme-based drama on HIV/ AIDS will be organized after the marathon.

Speaking on the issue of AIDS, the SSACS Project Director informed that as of end-October, a total of 322 people have tested HIV+ in Sikkim [since 1995]. Of these, 194 are males and 128 were females. 69 people have succumbed to AIDS-related complications in Sikkim thus far. 25 new HIV-positive cases were registered with SSACS in 2014. Earlier, 18 cases were registered in 2013 and 45 in 2012. A total of 1,33,375 people have been tested at the various Integrated Counseling and Testing Centres [ICTC] since 1995, he informed. 

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