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Officials cast doubts on UN report on HIV in India

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.220-b (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:220

New Delhi Ganapati Mudur

Indian health officials have cast doubts on a United Nations report that predicts the spread of HIV in India will slow down the country's economic growth and reduce its gross domestic product by 11 trillion rupees (£127bn; €186bn; $234bn) by 2016.

The report from the UN Development Programme, which was published in New Delhi last week, said that the HIV epidemic would increase pressure on the public health system and create devastating social and economic problems among households affected by HIV.

Health officials in India said that …

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