Indore: Over 19,000 people have tested positive for the deadly Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Madhya Pradesh in the last six years, sources said on Sunday.
"Samples of 8,90,984 suspected persons were tested for HIV in the state between 2005 and 2010 and out of them 19,362 had AIDS," an official of the Madhya Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (MPSACS) said today.
"A total of 12,011 (around 65 per cent) men and 7,351 women were tested positive for HIV," he said adding that in each 100 men samples, five were found HIV positive.
In each 100 women samples, two were found suffering from the disease, the official added.
During the last six years, a total of 2,61,750 male and 6,29,234 fair sex samples were tested for AIDS, he said.
Indore was found to be one of the most vulnerable places with regard to AIDS in the country, they said.
According to the MPSACS figures, 1,1759 AIDS cases were reported in 2005, 2,119 in 2006, 3,270 in 2007, 3,407 in 2008, 4,449 in 2009 and 4,358 in 2010.
The first case of AIDS was detected in Madhya Pradesh in 1988.
Meanwhile, the experts said that unsafe sex is the main reason behind the spread of AIDS in men in the state.