In Surat, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) held a marriage consultation fair for HIV-positive people on Sunday. Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GSNP+), one of the few NGO's offering consultation services for HIV-positive brides and grooms, has been reportedly organising the fair for the past nine years in Surat. Hundreds of people, who are otherwise socially ostracized, attended the programme in search of a suitable life partner. "Like every year, we organised the 'Jeevansathi Pasandgi Mela' or marriage consultation fair for HIV-positive youths and more than 300 persons have registered for it. HIV-positive people across Gujarat, who are looking for a marriage partner, are present here," said Project Director of GSNP+, Daxa Patel. Owing to the higher proportion of infected men, prospective brides usually get a greater freedom in choosing their partners. ‘India has the third-highest number of people living with HIV in the world, with 2.1 million. Indians accounts for four of every 10 people infected in Asia, according to a 2014 report by the United Nations.’ The men walked up on-stage and formally introduced themselves, talking about their profession and income, in front of an audience comprising mostly of prospective brides and their family members. "We can choose the groom on our own and can talk to them. It is very good. I have also come here for my marriage so that I can get a good life partner and lead my life well," said a female participant. India has the third-highest number of people living with HIV in the world, with 2.1 million. Indians accounting for four of every 10 people infected in Asia, according to a 2014 report by the United Nations. The country's AIDS programme has been largely successful -- estimates showed HIV prevalence during 2007-15 declining to 0.26 percent from 0.34 percent among adults, while annual HIV-related deaths declined by more than half to 67,000.Source: ANI << To Reduce Heart Attack Damage, New Molecules Designed Calculate the Toxic Compounds You are Consuming Unknowingly >> Recommended Reading NHS England Launches ‘ Game Changing’ HIV Treatment Trial HIV preventive drug trial to begin next year by the National Health Services in England, following the court ruling. READ MORE Nearly 15 Percent of People With HIV Remain Unaware Despite evidence that HIV incidence rates in the United States are decreasing modestly in recent years, at least 44,000 people are still infected with HIV each year. READ MORE ABX464 as HIV Functional Cure and Treatment for Inflammatory Diseases ABX464 upregulates IL-22 and miR-124 suggesting strong anti-inflammatory effect and broadening therapeutic potential. READ MORE Africa, Short of Modern Medications In Treating HIV Treating HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa is a great challenge. There is increased risk of incidence due to the lack of access to modern medications. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Hospital Accident and Trauma Care Blood Donation - Recipients More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?