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30th April, 2017
Health Ministry launches a new 'Test and Treat Policy for HIV' for India
 
The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri JP Nadda launched the 'Test and Treat Policy for HIV' yesterday. 
As per the policy, "as soon as a person is tested and found to be positive, he will be provided with anti-retroviral therapy (ART) irrespective of his CD count or clinical stage. This will be for all men, women, adolescents and children who have been diagnosed as a HIV + case. This will improve longevity, improve quality of life of those infected and will save them from many opportunistic infections, especially TB," said the Health Minister.
 
A National Strategic Plan for HIV for next seven years is under way. The Health Minister emphasized on the need to address stigma & discrimination towards HIV to enable persons infected and affected with HIV access health services. The long pending HIV/AIDS Act has been passed very recently to facilitate this. "Very few countries globally have such a law to protect rights of people infected with HIV," Shri Nadda elaborated. The key provisions of HIV/AIDS Bill are prohibition of discrimination, informed consent, non-disclosure of HIV status, anti-retroviral therapy & opportunistic infection management, protection of property of affected children, safe working environment and appointment of ombudsman in every State. 
 
The Health Ministry has intensified its efforts to find all those that are estimated to be infected with HIV. "Out of 21 lakh estimated with HIV, we know only 14 lakh. To detect remaining we have revised national HIV testing guidelines and are aiming to reach out to people in community and test them where they are, of course with proper counseling and consent," Shri Nadda mentioned.
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New Delhi, April 29, 2017: According to statistics, about 19.4 million children over the world are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated. Of these, about 11.5 million live in 10 countries: Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Ukraine. It is estimated that about 3 million deaths can be prevented annually through Immunization, which is one of the world's most successful and cost-effective health interventions. The theme for this year's World Immunization Week focuses on the adage "Vaccines Work". The theme has been taken up to promote the use of vaccines in order to protect people of all ages from various diseases.
 
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