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By Behindwoods News Bureau | Dec 01, 2018 01:13 PM
Steep increases in cases of HIV AIDS among Tamil Nadu youth

As the world observes International Day For AIDS today, the southern state of Tamil Nadu is witnessing a steep increase in cases of HIV/AIDS infection among youngsters, despite an overall fall in the number of new cases.

Prominent health experts believe unprotected sex and exchanging of needles in the 10-25 age group is said to be the primary reason behind the spurt. While there has been an increases in cases among the elderly too, there is a drastic decline among other age groups.

The number of new HIV positive cases detected in the State decreased from 11,775 in 2016-2017, to 10,527 in 2017-2018. However, Chennai tops the list with the highest number of new cases, shows data shared by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society.

“Chennai is a big city where almost 20 per cent of the State’s population lives. Moreover, being an urban area, it receives floating population like migrant workers and others. They get tested here, so the numbers indicate the population. Similarly, Salem and Tiruchy are bigger districts with more area to cover,” said Dr K Senthilraj, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society.

"There are a lot of dating apps and social media websites that encourage youngsters to get into active sex life. Older methods of attracting target audience such as sex workers and truckers will not work with them. While it is important to keep a tab on conventional spots, it is equally important to use dating apps and social media to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS," he added.


*With inputs from Times of India*