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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.

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National AIDS Control Programme Phase-III (NACP III)

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The State level World AIDS Day 2014 was commemorated at Namchi, South Sikkim on 1st December which was attended by Hon'ble Minister, Shri A. K. Ghatani, Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim as the Chief Guest and Advisor, PHE, Government of Sikkim Shri Binod Rai as the Guest of Honor.

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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 total no of HIV positive cases is 334.

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Blood Transfusion Services constitute a crucial part of health care delivery system. Adequate and safe supply of blood and blood components is essential to enable a wide range of critical care procedures to be carried out in hospitals.

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