HIV con­tinue af­fects pro­duc­tive age group

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The re­ported case of HIV among the young peo­ple be­tween the age group of 15 to 49 years, es­pe­cially women, con­tin­ues to rise in Bhutan. This was rev­eled dur­ing a re­cent me­dia ad­vo­cacy train­ing in Thim­phu.

Talk­ing to the me­dia and other stake­hold­ers, at the two-day train­ing work­shop, Dr. Tandi said ma­jor­ity of peo­ple liv­ing with HIV are housewives, which stand at 106, since its de­tec­tion. The HIV case was first de­tected in 1993 in the coun­try.

To­day, Bhutan has reg­is­tered 515 cases of HIV in­fec­tion with al­most an equal pro­por­tion of male and fe­male, 265 and 250 re­spec­tively, in­clud­ing 35 chil­dren. How­ever it was learned that the mother to child trans­mis­sion of HIV has been re­duced.

The ma­jor­ity of 90 per­cent of peo­ple liv­ing with HIV, in­clud­ing newly di­ag­nosed, con­tinue to be in­fected through un­safe sex­ual prac­tices, fol­lowed by ver­ti­cal trans­mis­sion at 8 per­cent.

The ma­jor­ity of the re­ported cases are di­ag­nosed by con­tact trac­ing, rou­tine med­i­cal screen­ing and vol­un­tary HIV coun­sel­ing and test­ing.

The train­ing was con­ducted to con­struct en­gage­ment of me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the ad­vo­cacy of Lhak­sam and Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual and Trans­gen­der (LGBT) com­mu­nity on is­sues re­lated to HIV.

In the mean­time, stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion faced by LGBTI com­mu­nity es­pe­cially trans­gen­der peo­ple were also dis­cussed. It was learned that trans­gen­der women faces chal­lenges of vi­o­lence and the men hav­ing sex with men (MSM) are iden­ti­fied as high risk for HIV.

The work­shop was to build ca­pac­ity of me­dia per­son­nel in ac­cu­rate and cor­rect re­port­ing of HIV and SOGIE. Be­sides, it ex­pects to build part­ner­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion in rais­ing in­ter­est and high­light­ing is­sues re­lated to HIV.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion es­ti­mated at over 1,000 Bhutanese liv­ing with HIV.

In 2015, an es­ti­mated 36.7 mil­lion peo­ple were liv­ing with HIV, 2.1 mil­lion peo­ple were newly in­fected with HIV and 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple died from AIDS-re­lated ill­nesses glob­ally. While UNAIDS has es­ti­mated about 1,100 cases in Bhutan.

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