In Kolkata, a social group organized a rally to increase AIDS awareness among women.
A large number of women and children turned up for the rally that was aimed at reviving flagging interest of the public in fighting HIV/AIDS that is rapidly increasing.
Speaking to mediapersons, Sailen Ghosh, General Secretary of the Thalassaemia and AIDs Prevention Society, said the prime objective behind organising the rally, was to protect expecting mothers and their children from the HIV virus.
The UNAIDS report reveals that about 15 percent of pregnant women living with HIV across India seek treatment too late in their pregnancies-immediately before or during labour-and that they give birth to about 50 percent of all HIV-positive children in the country.
The report further reveals that there are an estimated 2.4 million people living with HIV in India, one of the countries with the highest numbers of people living with HIV globally.
India's fight against HIV/AIDS over the past decade has been a great success surpassing by far other countries' efforts.
There is no cure for HIV but the progress of the infection can be controlled for years by various drugs.