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Jharkhand Village Shocked to Know About Its Huge HIV Positive Population

use of fear of social boycott," said Nand Kishore, a social worker.

Authorities have stepped in with medical assistance and are planning a slew of measures to educate people about HIV/AIDS, but officials say it will be long before a sense of responsibility is instilled in the region's extremely patriarchal society.

"Looking at the situation, one can say that number of HIV cases will rise in future. A lot of people work outside and they keep shifting their base. They come in contact with their relatives back home and transfer the virus. Even small children here have been infected," said Sunil Kumar, a counsellor.

In 2004, the World Bank warned that the disease would become the single largest cause of death in the world's second most populous country, unless there was a change in policy and progress made on prevention.

The UN has warned that nations are faced with a disaster, the devastating effects of which go much beyond our imagination, as social stigma and lackof information means that millions of cases are still unreported.


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