Anti-Retroviral Treatment for HIV/ AIDS Patients

18/07/2014 … All people living with HIV/AIDS in the country can access free Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) through 432 Anti-Retroviral Therapy Centres, and 870 Link Anti- Retroviral Therapy Centres. As of May 2014, a total of 777,485 patients are receiving free first line anti-retroviral therapy and 9333 patients are receiving free second line anti-retroviral therapy in the country.

State/UTs- wise details of HIV/AIDS patients receiving first line Anti-Retroviral treatment in the Country is given below:

Sr.No.

State

HIV/AIDS patients in country as on May’14

1

Andhra Pradesh

                        170,986

2

Arunachal Pradesh

                                  43

3

Assam

                             2,893

4

Bihar

                          20,012

5

Chandigarh

                             3,466

6

Chhattisgarh

                             5,385

7

Delhi

                          16,535

8

Goa

                             2,065

9

Gujarat

                          40,121

10

Haryana

                             5,269

11

HP

                             2,682

12

J&K

                             1,396

13

Jharkhand

                             4,997

14

Karnataka

                        107,664

15

Kerala

                             8,897

16

Maharashtra

                        143,578

17

Mumbai

                          32,770

18

Manipur

                             9,462

19

Mizoram

                             2,947

20

Meghalaya

                                494

21

MP

                          11,744

22

Nagaland

                             4,822

23

Odisha

                             8,727

24

Pondicherry

                             1,003

25

Punjab

                          13,997

26

Rajasthan

                          20,331

27

Sikkim

                                100

28

Tamil Nadu

                          80,685

29

Tripura

                                453

30

Uttaranchal

                             2,001

31

UP

                          33,423

32

WB

                          18,537

 

India

                        777,485

 

State/UTs-wise breakup of second line patients are given below

Sr. No.

State

No of Patients

1

Andhra Pradesh

1396

2

Assam

26

3

Bihar

96

4

Chandigarh

307

5

Total Delhi

391

6

Goa

22

7

Gujarat

949

8

J&K

22

9

Jharkhand

8

10

Total Karnataka

929

11

Kerala

189

12

Madhya Pradesh

85

13

Maharashtra

2815

14

Manipur

130

15

Meghalaya

1

16

Mizoram

5

17

Nagaland

11

18

Odisha

24

19

Punjab

66

20

Rajasthan

105

21

Tamil Nadu

835

22

Uttarakhand

20

23

Uttar Pradesh

232

24

Total West Bengal

669

Total No of Patient alive and on second line treatment

9333

There are 52 facilities (10-Centre of Excellence, 7 Pediatric Centre of Excellence, and 35 ART plus centres) covering the country, patients from states who are not mentioned in the above list are covered by centres in nearby states

The free Anti-Retroviral Treatment in the country was introduced in the year 2004. The country has scaled up the ART programme in a phased manner and at present is providing treatment through a number of 1302 facilities. It is planned to scale up the services to 600 ART Centres and 1500 Link ART Centres by 2016-2017. NACP IV aims to provide universal access to free ART to all those who require it.

The government has already announced to provide free third line antiretroviral therapy and this would become functional as soon as the procurement of drugs and logistics for the same are ready.  For viral load testing programme has adopted a targeted viral load approach. Free viral load testing is done for patients showing immunological failure. The viral load testing facilities are done through 9 identified labs across the country. Efforts are being made to upscale this further.

The estimated numbers of patients who require third line treatment are very few in the country.  At present the cost for the same is planned to be managed from the current allocation for the antiretroviral programme.

The Health Minister stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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