AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make "antibodies," which are special molecules that are supposed to fight HIV.
National AIDS Control Programme Phase-III (NACP III)
Come World AIDS Day the State level World AIDS day programme is being organised by Sikkim Network of Positive and supported by Sikkim State AIDS Control Society scheduled at M.G. Marg. Gangtok.
The programme includes
- Performances by folk troupe including Gyanay (local minstrels) .
- Day long Red Ribbon Drive and candle light rally in the evening.
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In 1992, the Government of India launched the first National AIDS Control Programme (NACP-I) implemented during 1992-1999 to slow down the spread of HIV infection, so as to reduce morbidity and mortality and impact of AIDS in the country. Under the directives from National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), the Department of Health and Family Welfare established AIDS Cell in the year 1991-92 with the guidelines and strategies laid down by NACO.
In 1999, the programme entered into Phase II and during the same time Sikkim State AIDS Control Society was also constituted with a Governing body (Apex body) under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary with various Departmental Secretaries as members and Project Director as the member secretary. Further, an Executive Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department to implement the programme as per the guidelines of NACO was also constituted. In 2007 NACP Phase III was started which lasted till March 2012 with a goal to halt and reverse the epidemic.
The number of cases detected is 296.
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