India: Publication: "HIV/AIDS and the Law", by the Human Rights Law Network
The book launch was preceded by a vigorous debate, led by Ms Anjali Gopalan of the NAZ Foundation, in which Mr Elango Ramachandran, Dr Mohini Giri, Dr Bhagban Prakash, Mr Colin Gonsalves of HRLN, Dr Chinkolal Thangsing of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Ms Meena Seshu, Mr Hari Singh of the Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+), Mr Firoz Khan of The Lovelife Society and Dr P L Hans of the Delhi State AIDS Control Society (DSACS) participated.
The debate centred on the new figures announced recently by NACO, which give an estimated number of 2.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS in India, down from 5.2 million (and down from the previous UNAIDS figure of 5.7million).
A broad consensus emerged of scepticism over the new figures, together with a passionate call on NACO and the Government of India to release full details about the methodologies employed to develop these new figures. In particular, the debate called on NACO and the Government of India to release details about the samples used and about the way in which consent of participants to the survey was obtained.
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