The Rate of HIV infections and deaths has sharply dropped in Nepal

The National Centre for AIDS and STD Control of Nepal on Thursday said the Rate of HIV infections and deaths had sharply dropped in Nepal, a report released said.

People gather around lit candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Kathmandu, Nepal November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A drastic 22-per cent decline of HIV positive was recorded in Nepal over a period of 10 years, said the report unveiled by NCASC on the World AIDS Day.

The first HIV case was reported in Nepal in 1988.

HIV is highly prevalent in the 15-49 age group as the number stands for 30,074, whereas it is least found among 0-14 age group with 1,589 infections.

Sex workers, drug users, third genders, prison inmates, male labour migrant workers and their wives are most likely infected.

Some 40 per cent of the HIV infected in July were sex workers and their clients, while drug users accounted for 10 per cent.

Minister for Health Gagan Thapa said at the ceremony that the estimated new HIV infection in 2015 is 1,331 in Nepal, while the average number of new infections per day stands at four.

“The Nepali government has prioritised the prevention of HIV/AIDS and is committed to the implementation based on a National Health Policy.

“We have at least transformed from the status of unknown number of deaths by HIV to the commitment level in public.

“Nepal is committed to the ambitious global target of 90-90-90 to end AIDS by 2030,’’ Thapa said.

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