Of them, 3,161 had progressed to AIDS in which the virus cripples their immune systems and exposes them to life-threatening ailments like tuberculosis and cancer.NACO figures are restricted to the so called high-risk groups - prostitutes, homosexuals, drug addicts, truck drivers and migrants. Her husband had been acting strangely of late: he was depressed, constantly badgered her to go for a check-up and insisted on wearing a condom. You know I can't get pregnant after my tubectomy," she had protested irritably.The Government-funded National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) reports that of the 2.9 million screened for the disease nationwide, 49,527 tested positive for the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV). Numbly, she paid, nodded at the liftman, rang the doorbell. Rajesh rose from the sofa, took one look at her pale face, and sank down again. For a brilliant chartered accountant, he could be so stupid about some things The taxi stopped. She looked at the crumpled paper in her hand; ordinary bond paper, covered with neat type. Two years ago he and his wife Leelavati watched helplessly as their son Jayesh, 39,died.
Officially, the figures don't speak of India's middle class becoming AIDS' newest victims - as yet.
The doctor had just told her she was going to die, and all she could think of was her marriage. Six months later, Pooja, their 28-year-old daughter-in-law, also succumbed to AIDS.