HIV Among MSM on the Rise
CHENNAI: While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of HIV infection in Tamil Nadu, the prevalence of infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) are on the rise.
This is demonstrated not only by the latest figures of the National Aids Control Organisation which show the prevalence in Tamil Nadu dropping from 0.5% in 2003 to 0.25% in 2007 in the case of general population and rising from 4% to 7% in the case of MSM but also by the findings of a survey conducted by Y R Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRGCARE). The survey, comprising a sample of 721 MSM from 18 different cities in the state, found 9% of MSM to be HIV-infected.
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