HIV Infection rate declines by 46% between 2010 and 2021: NACO

HIV Infection rate declines by 46% between 2010 and 2021: NACO

  • The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) has revealed that the country’s annual rate of HIV infection has declined by 46% between 2010 and 2021 against a global average of 32%.
  • Also, AIDS-related mortalities have declined by 76%.
  • NACO, under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), acts as nodal agency for activities of National AIDS Control Program (NACP).
  • MoH&FW also released several initiatives at the event. It includes
  • National Digital Repository, a Digital hub where all resource materials related to HIV and AIDS will be available for the common public.
  • National Data Hub of NACO, central digital repository for key reports, documents and all approved data of NACO for internal use.
  • #AbNahiChalega campaign to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination.


  • Tamil Nadu State AIDS project cell was formed in 1993 and in 1994, it has been registered as a Society under the Societies act, as Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS), the first of its kind for the nation.
  • TANSACS is fully funded by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).

About HIV

  • HIV is a virus that weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection.
  • Currently, there is no effective cure for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled.
  • If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS.
  • In 2021, 52% of children living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART) globally.
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