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Indian agency admits publishing “wrong” HIV figures

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7258.402/b (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:402
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    India's top government agency responsible for tracking HIV infection has admitted it has published inaccurate figures of new HIV cases detected in the country over the past three years. The disclosure follows allegations by a non-government association that the agency, the National AIDS Control Organisation, has played down numbers in several states and that its reports “do not reflect reality.”

    Surveillance centres across the country have detected just over 98000 HIV cases on the basis of tests, but India is believed to have the largest number of HIV infected people worldwide. The National AIDS Control Organisation has estimated that 3.5 million people are infected, …

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