26 April 2010
Mizoram stands second in prevalence of AIDS/HIV amongst the North Eastern states and was only next to Manipur.
Mizoram, having a population of around 10 lakh, has 4,169 HIV/AIDS infected people including 1,592 women, while 169 people have died in the state since 1990 when the first HIV case was detected, a study by the Aizawl-based NGO, the Mizoram AIDS International Network said.
The state is now estimated to have 356 full-blown AIDS cases with those in the age range of between 25 and 34 years being the highest.
According to the Mizoram State AIDS Control Society (MSACS), sexual contact was a major cause of the high incidence of HIV/Aids, followed by blood transfusion and sharing of syringes and needles by drug users.
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