In India, HIV incidence is significantly higher among criminalised and marginalised groups such as sex workers, transgender people, men who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs. Latest data (2014-2015) shows that 4.3% of MSM were living with HIV in India. There is also a high prevalence among sex workers, transgender people and people who inject drugs.
Although the estimated rate of new HIV infections has dropped by half in the last 10 years, there are still approximately than two million people living with HIV in India. And there is still work to be done to continue the trend of fewer new infections.
We work with MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMTA) to support women, children and adolescents living with and affected by HIV. MAMTA provides community-based care and support for people living with HIV, and children and families affected by HIV. In 2016, MAMTA reached almost 200,300 people with HIV and sexual and reproductive health services.
MAMTA also works to prevent HIV infections in young women and adolescent girls in rural areas, and reduce HIV and STI infections among MSM and female sex workers. Their work on sexual and reproductive health and HIV also addresses child marriage.
MAMTA is one of five Alliance Linking Organisations addressing HIV in India.