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151 test HIV-positive in five months in Meghalaya

By The Assam Tribune

Shillong, Oct 21 (PTI): HIV/AIDS testing centres in Meghalaya have detected 151 positive cases in five months, but experts say the number is not alarming.

Between April and August this year, a total 2,616 persons were examined for HIV virus out of which 121 were found to be positive cases, a report from the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACs) said. Pre-natal tests on 5,636 pregnant mothers also confirmed presence of the virus in 30 of them, the MACS said.

The testing was done in the 11 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres in the district headquarters and two private hospitals in the capital city.

In the corresponding period last year, 41 people out of 931 people were tested HIV-positive in the ICTCs.

There are 344 people living with the virus till date in Meghalaya - 170 men, 162 women and 12 children.

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