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Opportunistic Infection Management
Since the HIV virus reduces the immunity levels of infected persons, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) become more susceptible to certain infections that take advantage of the reduced immunity status – such infections are termed Opportunistic Infections. Opportunistic Infections like Tuberculosis, Candidial Infection, Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster, certain types of pneumonia, gastrointestinal infections, and certain malignancies are known to occur among PLHIV.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Post Exposure Prophylaxis is advocated in case of accidental exposure to HIV, especially in case of health care providers.

Drop-In Centers
The Drop-In Center concept developed for PLHIV is designed for providing counselling and psychological, emotional and social support to PLHIV and for enabling smooth linkages with the health care system. It is also meant to reduce stigma and discrimination and to bring PLHIV together so as to promote self-help groups to provide support system to the PLHIV and their families.

The care of HIV infected people is the most challenging aspect in HIV/AIDS prevention. The experience shows that to mobilize community support, intensive advocacy among PLHIV and networking among them for creating an enabling environment is essential. However still there are many people living with HIV/AIDS who hesitate to disclose their status due to fear of isolation and discrimination.

Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) Centre
Anti Retroviral Therapy comprise ARV drugs that are given to HIV infected individuals, once they have advanced immune-suppression defined by a CD4 count of below 350. ART suppresses viral replication, slows. Drugs for AIDS patients are available in the ART centre. Apart from ART, drugs for Opportunistic Infections and condoms are available with the ART centres. A total of 62,217 PLHIVs have registered at the ART centres out of which 22,452 are presently on ART.