India reduces estimated count of people with HIV

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 12 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:67
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    India has lowered its estimate of people infected with HIV to 2.47 million for 2006, but health officials and public health experts have warned that the real reduction in HIV prevalence is only marginal.

    The revised figure is more reliable than the 5.2 million estimate for 2005 and results from new estimation methods using data from a population survey to complement sentinel surveillance, senior health officials said last week.

    India's HIV counts have long been controversial, with projections ranging in recent years from 3.4 million to 9.4 million. Five years ago, a US agency predicted that India could have 20 million people infected with HIV …

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