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Rate of HIV detection on rise in Nagaland

NSACS officials with Kohima hotel managers and proprietors during the advocacy programme at Hotel Vivor on April 12.

Dimapur, April 19: The concern about the increasing rate of HIV detection among the general population was one of the main points highlighted during the recently concluded advocacy programme with the Kohima hotel managers and proprietors. The programme was organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) at Hotel Vivor on April 12.
88% HIV infection through sexual route; 82.40% of infected people between 16-49 years
A press note received here stated that the programme was organised to disseminate the role of ‘organised sectors’ in HIV prevention. It was mentioned that the main mode of HIV infection in Nagaland was through the sexual route (88%) and that 82.40% of infected people are between 16-49 years. Also, the concern of underage customers, checking-in to the hotels, without the accompaniment of parents/guardian, was discussed.
Key outcome of the advocacy programme were as follows: Posters on HIV&AIDS to be put in strategic location within the hotel premises; List of available services on HIV&AIDS to be provided to the hotels; Provision of condoms; Education sponsorship of at least one child infected/affected by HIV/AIDS.
The resource persons for the day were Dr. Joyce Angami, Clinical Coordinator, Project Orchid; Ayieno Kechü, Dy. Director; NSACS (Information, Education & Communication); Paul Chawang, Consultant – Mainstreaming & Civil Society, NSACS and Jongpongchiten, State Project Officer, UNDP – NSACS.

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