HIV screenings at railway stations, no more a distant dream

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the immune system, which is our body’s natural defence against illness. AIDS (Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome) is caused by HIV. The disease alters the immune system, making people much more vulnerable to infections and diseases. On this International AIDS Day (December 1), the Mumbai Districts AIDS Control Society (MDACS) will tie up with One Rupee Clinics in different railway stations for HIV screening

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HIV is a viral infection which attacks the immune system. When it develops into its last stage, it is known as AIDS. As its mission to eliminate HIV, the first step is to detect and diagnose the disease. So, according to the goals laid down by the United Nations AIDS division or the UNAIDS, AIDS will be completely eliminated by 2030.

On this International AIDS Day (December 1), the Mumbai Districts AIDS Control Society (MDACS), will tie up with One Rupee Clinics, in different railway stations for HIV screening.

One Rupee Clinics were started early this year to provide treatment for people in the railway stations where in mishaps are quite common. Moreover, the treatments were made very affordable for people.

“The idea is to clearly help as many people as we can for the antiretroviral therapy (ART). As people may go and come from various stations, they can drop by to get screened. This will help in detection,” said Dr Shrikala Acharya, additional project director of MDACS.

She added, “There is a 56 per ecnt decline in those being diagnosed for HIV, if we check from 2010 onwards. In the year 2010, about 14,291 people were diagnosed with HIV in Mumbai, as compared to that of 6,772 in the year 2016. It is a positive sign that a lot of people are aware of HIV now. And they also opt for the treatment.”

“Yes we are still discussing about the same,” said Dr Rahul Ghule, CEO of One Rupee Clinic.