HIV/AIDS in Nagaland.
Nagaland, the state where we are Peace-Educating, is now one of the regions with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in India and in the world.
Nagaland comes under the category of generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic. In occasion of 1st december, World Day against HIV/AIDS, the Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) updated figures have been published: HIV prevalence rate in Nagaland is around 1.20% of the population, with 84% rate infection through sexual trasmission.
The NSACS stated that the HIV positivity is increasing in Dimapur (the city where we are Peace-Educating), and that the positive cases could be even more, since many infected persons are avoiding tests for fear of stigma and discrimination in the (very conservator and christian) Nagaland society.
Previous figures from UNDP showed that fearing discrimination, around 28% men and 36% women in Nagaland have not disclosed their HIV-positive status in the community, contributing to a dreadful spread of the HIV virus in the civil society.
Other figures showed that in the rural areas of Nagaland, only 57.6% of men and 41.5% of women were aware of the use of the condom as a means to prevent HIV infection.
Infection through sexual route is the major concern, here in Nagaland.
Nevertheless we came in touch with a misinformation campaign on HIV/AIDS performed in a christian rivate school in Dimapur with kids and teenagers that have been preached to avoid sex (speaking to teenagers…) and having a life-long partner in order to avoid HIV infection.
Photo here on the side (we added with photoshop a red NOT ONLY!).
This kind of preaching is not only useless. It is indeed a criminal campaign that actually helps spreading the lethal HIV virus.
In occasion of the World Day against HIV/AIDS, we want to quote the words of UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé commenting the recent declaration of the Vatican opening on the use of condoms.
“UNAIDS advocates the use of HIV prevention approach that utilizes all proven methods for HIV prevention (…). The male latex condom is the single, most efficient, available technology to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually trasmitted infections.”