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11,705 HIV cases in State

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 16 - Till February this year, Assam recorded a total 11,705 HIV-positive cases and of them, 916 were expecting mothers. State�s Health Department officials informed Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of this development at a meeting held here today, said an official press release here this evening.

At the meeting, the Chief Minister asked the Health Department to urgently purchase Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) machine for detecting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the blood units used in transfusion.

The Health Department officials also informed the Chief Minister that according to the India HIV Estimations, 2015, there was a 0.06 per cent rise in the number of adult HIV-positive patients in the State, against the 0.26 per cent rise in the national level.

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