March 30, 2011
Stigma to Blame for “Lost to Follow-Up” HIV Cases in India
Experts claim that the “lost to follow-up” cases in India are far greater than what government records indicate, The Times of India reports. The government claims that only 6 percent of people stop antiretroviral treatment midway. At some HIV/AIDS centers, experts claim that stigma is the reason for losing up to 40 percent of people who started HIV treatment within the last four years. Many Indians aren’t getting tested for HIV because they believe the virus is mainly restricted to sex workers and truckers, as it was 10 years ago in the country.
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