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Strange Burial Practice Followed for People Affected by HIV/AIDS

dead person packed in polythene bags although I have never seen it myself," Reverend Rosiam, senior executive secretary of the Mizoram Presbyterian Synod, told IANS.

"I promise to take steps if at all such things are still happening."

People living with the virus say stigmatisation has prevented them from leading a life with dignity.

"HIV is much harder to contract than hepatitis B although such victims were given normal burials," Vanlalmuan, president of the Positive Network of Mizoram, said.

Sharing of needles by intravenous drug users and people having multiple sex partners are reasons attributed for the alarming rise in HIV cases.

"The HIV scenario in Mizoram can be best described as an epidemic in transition with the opportunities for effective containment that existed in the turn of the millennium are now showing signs of being lost," a recent report published by UNAIDS said.

The plight of HIV infected people has become all the more serious with some local vigilante groups taking law into their hands to punish drug addicts and traffickers leading to at least half-a-dozen deaths in the past one year.

"People here have failed to understand the problem of HIV/AIDS and have been equating those living with the virus as being drug addicts and punishing them in public," said a HIV-positive youth, who wished not to be named.



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