The health department of the Andhra Pradesh government has been working towards bringing down HIV rates and a marginal drop has been recorded. However, in Guntur district, new HIV cases have been reported which has caused much concerns. A report in The New Indian Express states that the AP government believes that this could harm the image of future capital Amaravati which is coming up in Guntur district. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The latest data put out by the daily shows that Guntur, Krishna and East Godavari districts have high number of HIV cases but the new cases that are emerging is worrying the administration. HIV tests were conducted on 4.9 lakh people in the state between April and September 2015. The daily reports that 12,742 people were found to be HIV positive and 42% of these cases were in Guntur, Krishna and East Godavari districts. In 2015-16, 24,957 new HIV cases came up in the state. Of these new cases, 3,781 were recorded in Guntur, 3,538 in East Godavari and 2,693 in Krishna district.There are more than 5 lakh people in the state with HIV, of which information regarding 1.5 lakh patients are currently not available with the government. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wants to make Amaravati a world-class capital and a tourism hub. However, officials feel that the rising number of HIV cases will affect the image of Amaravati. “The high prevalence of HIV in Guntur district is worrying us all. We are making all out effort to bring awareness among people about the prevalence of HIV and the measures to be taken to prevent this dreaded disease. But, still new cases are appearing,” joint director of AP State AIDS Control society (APSACS) Dr P Rajendra Prasad was quoted as saying.HIV cases in 2015-16 (Source: The New Indian Express)

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Andhra Pradesh: Increasing HIV cases reported from Amaravati area