Gangtok, November 19:
As many as seventeen new HIV positive cases have been reported in Sikkim in last one year that is 2021. There are total 524 cases has been detected in the state including current year’s 17 new cases in comparison to 26 cases last year.
The total 524 cases is from since 1994. Among 524, 188 patients are ages between 20 -29 and 179 patients are aged 30 – 39 and rest are either above forty and below twenty informed Passang Tamang, Deputy Director, Sikkim State Aids Control Society.
It was also informed today that the main cause for the infection as mentioned by Sikkim State Aids Control Society office said sexual transmission is the main reason followed by syringe infection during drugs usage and parent to child transfer.
Sikkim State Aids Control Society to organise marathon ‘Red Run’ on the day of World Aids Day which falls on 1st December.
Categories for run are –
Half Marathon 21 km (open, male and female) with 25 k 15 k 10 k cash prize first, second third respectively.
10 km run for students with cash prize of 10 k, 7 k and 5 k for first, second and third respectively
5 km run for guest and NGOs. Awareness skit will also be showcased informed PK Basnett, In-charge Director, Sikkim State Aids Control Society.
Also informed SSACS will more focus on Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the spread of HIV from a woman living with HIV to her child during pregnancy, childbirth (also called labor and delivery), or breastfeeding (through breast milk). Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is also called prenatal transmission of HIV in order to decrease the number of HIV positive.