Pune district in Maharashtra has seen a significant rise in both HIV deaths and cases in the last six months. There have been 1,249 HIV deaths and 10,535 new cases reported, a two-fold increase compared to last year. The increase is attributed to improved reporting as well as unsafe sexual practices. In order to prevent HIV infections and improve the lifespan of HIV patients, officials emphasize the importance of proper medication, nutrition, and safe sexual practices.
According to official data, Pune district has reported 1,249 HIV deaths and 10,535 new HIV cases since April this year. This marks a significant increase compared to the previous year. Sudhir Saravade, district programme manager of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), attributes the rise to more efficient reporting.
A crucial factor in the well-being of HIV patients is their overall immunity, lifestyle, and diet. While medications are provided free of cost, patients need to follow a nutritious diet and take their medication regularly to prevent contracting other diseases. Additionally, mental health and economic background are also significant factors affecting the health outcomes of HIV patients.
Maharashtra has 74 Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centers, with 10 of them located in Pune district. HIV patients registered at these centers receive antiretroviral drugs free of cost. Screening and treatment facilities for HIV patients are also provided free of charge at all government facilities. However, officials highlight that unsafe sexual practices remain a major concern.
Dr. Nagnath Yempalay, district civil surgeon, explains that the medication provided by ART centers aims to suppress the viral load in HIV patients’ bodies. Failure to adhere to medication may lead to the contraction of other diseases, such as tuberculosis, that can ultimately result in the patient’s death. Dr. Yempalay emphasizes that with proper medication, high nutritional food, and safe sexual practices, HIV patients can have an improved quality of life and prolonged lifespan.
In conclusion, the increase in HIV deaths and cases in Pune district highlights the need for better awareness, safe sexual practices, and access to proper medication and nutrition. Improving reporting systems and addressing underlying socio-economic factors are also crucial for preventing the spread of HIV and improving the well-being of HIV patients.
– Vicky Pathare. (2023, September 27). Pune District Records Two-Fold Increase in HIV Deaths and Cases: Officials.
– Official data from Pune district health authorities.
– National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).