India Intelligence Report

   AP is AIDS Capital of India


Bad sexual practices, low condom usage, and lack of awareness has earned Andhra Pradesh (AP) the dubious distinction of being India’s AIDS capital with over 20% the country’s 5.1 million. 

An increasing trend in AP is the spread of this infection among the non-high risk groups. Traditional wisdom is that truck drivers and sex workers have the highest AIDS infection rate in India. However, sex with non-regular partners (NRP) being the highest in AP, 19% among married men and 7% among married women compared to national average of 12% among married men and 2% among married women, is causing the infection to spread rapidly. 

In some districts, the sex with NRP rate is even higher. In Guntur, the rate is 38% of married men and 10% of married women and most people do not use condoms. 

The average median age for first sexual encounter in AP is 16% and experts feel that this is another cause for the high prevalence rate.

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