The number of HIV infections have gone down due to awareness drives conducted in the state. The state hopes to achieve zero rate of HIV infections by 2025, revealed the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today.
“The new HIV infections are on a decline since 2008. This is due to awareness created by Goa Aids Control Society and various NGOs,” he told reporters. (Source: PTI)
He revealed around 1,000 new cases were detected every year till 2008. But in 2015, the number was brought down to 345 infections. The state aimed to achieve zero rate of infections by 2025, five years before the world is aiming to do so.
The CM recalled that the first case reported in the state was in 1987 and it was a foreigner who was infected. “Second case was registered in the year 1988 and he was non-Goan. The first case of a Goan student affected with HIV was reported in the year 1989,” he said. (Source: PTI)