The Indian government, along with NGO the HIV/AIDS alliance, has launched a special project to provide a care and support structure for the 2.4 million PLHIV (people living with HIV/AIDS) in the country.The project ‘Vihaan’ (meaning “the first light of dawn” in Sanskrit) seeks to ensure that PLHIV and high-risk groups like men who have sex with men, transgenders, female sex workers and injecting drug users are followed up on health parameters regularly.
According to an article in the Times of India, this country has the third largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS after South Africa and Nigeria. The NGO has been entrusted with the task of providing care and support to around 1.2 million people living with HIV in the initial stages. If successful, it will be expanded to cover the rest.
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