When the entire country was shut down in 2020-21 because to Covid-19, more than 85,000 people in India contracted HIV as a result of unprotected sex, data obtained under the RTI Act indicates.
During this era, Maharashtra had the greatest number of HIV cases (10,498), followed by Andhra Pradesh (9,521) and Karnataka (9,521). (8,947). West Bengal has the lowest population density of the large population states, with 2,757. Madhya Pradesh had 3,037 cases of this kind of HIV infection.
In response to a query from activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur of Neemuch, the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) stated that 85,268 HIV cases were registered in 2020-21 as a result of unprotected sex.
“The ICTC counsellor recorded information on HIV transmission modalities from HIV-positive persons’ responses during pre/post-test counseling,” the NACO answer stated.
NACO states in the same response that the spread of HIV through unprotected sex has decreased significantly over the last decade — from 2.4 lakh cases in 2011-12 to 1.44 lakh cases in 2019-20 and subsequently to 85,268 cases in 2020-21.
“While the figures have decreased over the last decade, they remain concerning because over 85,000 HIV cases related to unprotected sex were reported during the country’s lockdown. “It is obvious that increased awareness is required,” Gaur told TOI.