2.1 million people in India live with HIV, but they often get access to AIDS treatment a little too late.
To make AIDS treatment readily available, India plans to lean into its network of HIV services.
India supplies almost two-thirds of the world's anti-retroviral drugs and plays a vital role in the global fight against AIDS. According to the national AIDS program, annual AIDS-related deaths have declined by 54% between 2007 and 2015, while new HIV infections have dropped by 32%. ( www.unaids.org)
"These affordable generic medicines have helped scale up access to treatment across developing countries," Tripathi, a First Secretary in India's UN mission, told the General Assembly.
"India is contributing in the international fight against AIDS: almost two-thirds of the anti-retroviral drugs used globally are supplied by the Indian pharmaceutical industry," she said during a discussion on the Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the political declarations on HIV/AIDS adopted by the General Assembly in 2001.
In India, the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act came into force from September 10 last year that provides rights to ensure a dignified life without stigma and discrimination for people living with AIDS.
But Tripathi also added, "However, significant challenges remain in our way towards eliminating HIV/ AIDS as a public health threat by 2030."
From 2000 to 2011, India made significant progress in tackling its HIV epidemic. From 2000 to 2012, the number of new HIV cases declined by half. The low-cost drug has helped save the lives of many, not just in India but also around the world.
The contribution made by our country towards AIDS has been exceptional, and passing the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act has also allowed people suffering from the disease less stigmatized and more respected.