Special efforts are being made by the state government to bring down the HIV-Aids figures in Mumbai. The transgender do not visit Anti Retroviral Therapy Centres (ART) for check-ups, due to which it become difficult to find as to how many are infected. But, according to the figures, in transgender, the HIV-Aids figures have come down
- In the year 2014 to 2015: 3, 9 70 transgender were examined. Amongst which, 63 were diagnosed with Aids
- In the year 2015 to 2016: 4,624 transgender were examined. Amongst which, 24 were diagnosed with Aids
- In the year 2016 to 2017: In 9 months, 2,492 transgender were examined. Amongst which, 7 were diagnosed with Aids
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sreekala Acharya, president, Mumbai District AIDS Control Society said, “About 4,000 transgender reside in Mumbai. In the year 2016 to 2017, we have not been able to reach out to 1,000 transgender. They are out of the house during morning and afternoon. Hence, do not come for the check-ups. They keep on changing their residence and they have two names. Due to which, it becomes difficult to look out for them.”
She added, “Compared to the last few year, in transgender, the HIV-Aids figures have come down. But, few of them turn up for check-ups. In order to reach out to them, we have decided to extend the check-up timing from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. According to this, the check-ups will be done in Kamathipura, Andheri, Malad-Malwani, Ghatkopar, Dahisar, Bhandup and Govandi.
The transgender health check-up campaign has not started yet. According to the officials, the campaign will begin in next week.