Nearly two decades ago, the first case of HIV infection in India was reported in the state of Tamil Nadu. Now, a new book has been released which chronicles the history of the epidemic in Tamil Nadu, highlighting the coordinated effort of the Government of India, the U.S. Government, and non-governmental organizations in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The first copy of "Tamil Nadu Response to HIV/AIDS, 1986-2005: Conquering a Silent Epidemic" was given to David Hopper, U.S. Consul General in Chennai, on June 23, 2006. Hopper spoke at a dissemination workshop that coincided with the release of the book. The University of Madras and the India Clinical Epidemiology Network (IndiaCLEN) coauthored the book with support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Emergency Plan/PEPFAR). Hopper recognized the importance of the book and congratulated the authors.
"This document will certainly help in showcasing to the world that our collective efforts in Tamil Nadu have resulted in success," said Hopper. Efforts to turn the tide against the HIV/AIDS epidemic are beginning to have an effect and HIV infections in Tamil Nadu are on the decline. After reaching a high point of 1.13 percent in 2001, the prevalence rate in Tamil Nadu has decreased to 0.5 percent.
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