Kohima, Aug. 12 (EMN): Kohima is rated as second highest HIV/AIDS prevailing district with 2.25% of the total tested. According to the Kohima district analysis of HIV/AIDS from April 2017 to March 2018, out of 11,829 general clients tested, a total of 266 clients were tested HIV positive i.e. 2.25%.
This was informed by the district program officer of District AIDS Prevention Control Unit of Kohima, Sentimongla Tzudir, during the awareness programme on HIV/AIDS held at Mount Sinai Hr. Sec School in Kohima on Saturday Aug. 11.
The programme was organised by the Kohima Chakhesang Students’ Union.
He also mentioned that out of 2382 ANC client tested, a total of 34 clients were tested HIV+ve, which is 1.43% of the total tested.
Out of 300 HIV +ve patients, 68% are of 15-35 age groups. 95.67% of transmission is through the sexual route, said the district programme officer.
According to the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) Technical report, in Nagaland an adult HIV prevalence is 0.78% and 0.82% among ANC clinic attendees according to the HIV Sentinel Surveillance of 2016-17 by NACO, which shows that it is higher than the national average of 0.28%.
Tsudir talked on how HIV is transmitted from one person to another. She advised the students to be aware about the status of their blood.
Emphasising on prevention, she said HIV/AIDS cannot be cured but preventable through proper medication from concern department.
HIV can be detected only through blood test and not through one’s physical appearances, he said. Once a person is tested HIV positive he/she is referred and registered at the research Anti Retroviral Theraphy Centre (ARTC).