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For Immediate Release
December 14, 2004

India Opens First Counseling Center for HIV/AIDS Patients

The Indian Network of Positive People and the Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine have opened India's first family counseling center for HIV/AIDS patients. The center is located in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. The center provides clients and their families with pre- and post-test counseling, and help with prevention of virus transmission, disease progression, treatment options, health management, and nutrition. The United States has donated $20 million for AIDS relief in India under President Bush's Emergency Plan. India and the United States have been partners in biomedical research and combating diseases for more than 35 years.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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