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0.3% of adults in Delhi infected with HIV: DSACS
  New Delhi | January 03, 2006 7:35:30 PM IST
Announcing that an estimated 0.3 per cent of adults in the national capital were infected with HIV till 2004, Delhi State AIDS Control Society today expressed genuine concern over the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases in the city.
There were 45 reported cases in 1993, which had jumped to 945 by 2004 even as the disease went largely unreported, the society said in its report 'HIV/AIDS in Delhi-Meeting the Challenge' released today.
Delhi's rapid population growth, nearly half of which was due to migration, presented a unique challenge in the struggle against HIV infection, it said.
Migrants often arrive in the city with little or no HIV knowledge. The slum population, 40 per cent of the total, posed a special problem, it added.
''Sexual contact is the most common path by which HIV infection spreads in Delhi,'' the report said.
There were at least 35,000 sex workers, the large majority of whom were not brothel-based and were thereby difficult to contact.
One of the tragedies of HIV was that clients of sex workers may unknowingly infect their spouses who may then pass HIV to their unborn children, it said.
However, thus far, it appeared that HIV had not spread as widely into the general population of Delhi as had happened in some other states of the country, it added.
''Only a sustained effort will prevent this from taking place,'' said the report.
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