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Aizawl: Mizoram health and family welfare minister Dr R Lalthangliana on Thursday held a meeting with Mizoram Government Doctors’ Association (MGDA) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) Mizoram to discuss the prevalence of HIV/AIDS cases in the state.

At the meeting, the health minister stressed the need to fight against HIV/AIDS and called on the government, church, NGOs, and medical experts to spread a massive awareness campaign among the masses.

He also called on experts in the field of HIV/AIDS to conduct an in-depth study of the reason why Mizoram is the state with highest HIV prevalence.

The minister said that a new prevention and awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS needs to be taken up since the spread of this deadly disease has accelerated at an alarming rate.

Representatives of MGDA and IMA also stated that unless renewed efforts are taken up to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and its treatment and prevention, the fate of the state is bleak.

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Reports indicated that nine positive cases of HIV/AIDS are reported in Mizoram every day, with the most vulnerable people aged between 25 and 34 years.

According to the Mizoram State AIDS Control Society (MSACS), 67.21% of HIV positive cases from 2006 to March 2019 have been transmitted sexually, while 28.12% cases are through infected needles shared by intravenous drug users.

Data compiled by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in 2017 showed that 2.04% of Mizoram’s population is found to be HIV positive against the national average of 0.2%. This puts the state with the highest record of HIV prevalence followed by Manipur (1.43%) and Nagaland (1.15%).

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