Aizawl: The Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara on Thursday launched the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’ of the Mizoram state AIDS Control Society (MSACS) to improve treatment for HIV affected people in the state.
Under the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’, the HIV affected people would be given free Anti Retrovira Therapy (ART) irrespective of the CD4 count.
Lal Thanzara appealed to the churches and NGOs in the state to cooperate with the state government in combating HIV/AIDS at a war-footing.
ART has been found to be able to resist TB and other bacterial diseases, state health department officials said, adding that majority of the full-blown AIDS affected patients died in the state due to TB infection.
The Test and Treat Strategy is a new initiative of the Centre to combat the HIV/AIDS disease.