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India is estimated to have almost 23.49 lakh folks dwelling with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in 2019, in keeping with the federal government’s HIV estimates report (2019). As per the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare (MoHFW) estimates, the HIV epidemic has an total reducing development within the nation with estimated annual new HIV infections declining by 37 per cent between 2010 and 2019. Nevertheless, how do issues change amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic?

We absolutely have to have a complete and broader method, says Dr Arvind Aggarwal, senior marketing consultant, Inside Medication, Sri Balaji Motion Medical Institute as he shares extra about HIV, and explains if HIV-AIDS sufferers are extra vulnerable to COVID an infection.

*First, we have to perceive each infections individually. HIV crashes immunity within the sufferers and so does COVID; therefore such sufferers should be further cautious and cautious.

As per MoHFW, HIV an infection in India is principally attributable to engagement in excessive threat behaviours. The principle high-risk behaviours recognized for HIV an infection in India contains unprotected heterosexual behaviour, unprotected gay behaviour, and unsafe injecting drug use behaviour.

*”COVID shouldn’t be merely a respiratory an infection, slightly it impacts the physique’s defence mechanism. It impacts blood vessels which irritate the illness an individual is already affected by and in addition creates the chance of different ailments. Whereas research are in course of and until date no separate main hyperlink has been discovered between each, an HIV-infected affected person must comply with precautions like social distancing, sporting a masks, taking her/his medicines as per docs’ prescription and report back to the physician even when gentle signs or doubt happens,” says the physician.

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A major variety of persons are already conscious of the essential precautions to be taken with the intention to keep away from the chance of catching HIV however this info must be extra various now. Youth lately are enthusiastic about tattoos and piercings, listed here are some issues they have to have in mind, says the knowledgeable.

*Ask your tattoo artist to make use of unused, contemporary needles for tattooing and piercing.

*At salons, there are possibilities of by accident getting cuts from blades, therefore guarantee that contemporary blades are getting used. Precaution is the important thing.

*Though HIV shouldn’t be completely curable, one can delay the onset via correct remedy and a wholesome life-style.

“Over time, a variety of vital developments have been launched for the remedy of HIV and AIDS. The life expectancy of HIV sufferers via correct remedy has additionally been considerably elevated. However what is required at this time limit is eradicating social stigma whereas creating consciousness,” Dr Aggarwal tells.

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