A report called Redefining AIDS in Asia: Crafting an
Effective Response has said that Asia was being hurt in the fight against AIDS
because of unsafe sex.
The report said 10 million women in Asia sold sex, while
75 million brought it. Commercial sex was the main reason for widespread HIV
infection followed by shared needles and sex among men.
"Countries at the early stages of the epidemic
needed to spend an average of 50 cents per capita to reverse the
epidemic," said C Rangarajan, chairman of the nine-member commission on
AIDS. "Every dollar spent on early prevention would save $8 in treatment
costs later. Yet, the money spent on HIV programmes from national budgets
decreased over the past decade in the 23 countries surveyed, the only
exceptions being India and China."
It is estimated that there are 2.5 million people
infected with HIV in India. This is over 50 percent of 4.9 million HIV
The report said that
governments must take steps to prevent the spread of HIV else there would be 10
million cases in Asia by 2020.