BENGALURU: With just less than half of HIV patients registered for anti retroviral therapy (ART) getting treatment, the state is going to launch a ‘Treat All Policy’ on Wednesday. With the new policy, an additional 20,000 patients will be eligible for ART.
Karnataka is one of the eight high-prevalence states for HIV in the country. It has 64 ART and 196 Link ART Centres (LAC). While 3,05,973 patients are registered in ART/LAC centres, only 1,41,364 patients are currently taking regular ART.
National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) provides ART to patients with a CD4 count below 500.
‘Pre ART lost to follow up’ means that a patient who registered in an ART centre did not turn up for regular follow ups.
‘ART Lost to follow up’ is when a patient who started ART but did not turn up for more than three months.