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North-Eastern Leaders Of India Meet To Discuss HIV Problems



India's northeast lies on the edge of the heroin-producing Golden Triangle of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and independent estimates have put the number of regular intravenous drug users in the region at up to 300,000 -- a key cause of HIV infection here.

'More than promiscuity it is the sharing of needles among intravenous drug users in the northeast that is responsible for spreading HIV-AIDS at an alarming rate,' Ahmed said.

India accounts for about 5.1 million HIV-positive people, next only to South Africa. 'The meeting would discuss ways and means to work out a systematic and scientific approach by using all the resources available with the governments to control the disease,' the health minister said.

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