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Identifying the challenges and the critical areas for mounting a better response against the HIV epidemic in low- and middle-income nations


1 Vice-Principal Curriculum, Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava,
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu - 603 108
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_166_19

HIV continues to remain one of the major public health concerns for more than 3 decades and has accounted for the deaths of 35 million people till date. Despite making considerable progress in the response against the disease, it continues to pose major threats across all the regions. This is mainly because the reach of services is inadequate and that the scale up plan is also slow. Another major challenge is the rise in the incidence of a number of conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies, which not only jeopardize the health delivery system, but also forces the people to migrate to other regions, which might again pose a major pressure on the health system of the recipient nations. This is a high time to focus on the critical areas and further strengthen the existing momentum of the HIV response by the nations. In conclusion, HIV infection is a major public health concern and all the involved sectors and stakeholders have to work together to keep the infection under check and improve the quality of life of the infected people.


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