In an RTI response, the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) has revealed that 2,234 people across the country got transfused with HIV-infected blood in the same period, raising serious concerns about blood safety.
Uttar Pradesh recorded the maximum number of transfusion transmitted HIV cases at 361followed by Gujarat at 292 cases and 276 people in Maharashtra, makes the state stood on rank 3rd.
These many people were infected with HIV while getting a blood transfusion over the last one and half years. Delhi grabbed the fourth position with 264 cases.
While activists are alarmed with the findings, National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) insisted that the data is not a real indicator as it is based on voluntary disclosure by clients at the integrated counseling and testing centers (ICTC). A senior NACO official said that the numbers are self-reported. It's not corroborated further by following up with blood tests.
In 1999, transfusion transmitted HIV was 15%, which has now come down to less than 1% making the overall situation much better now. The official added that the issue of safe blood can be best addressed with an Act that most developed nations have.
NACO and the health ministry said in 2009-10 India reported 2,711 such cases and the number of people affected with HIV due to blood transfusion have reduced drastically over the past 15 years though the government continues to aim for zero transmission.