More than 2,000 Indians contracted HIV over a 17-month period after receiving blood transfusions, data from the national AIDS body showed Wednesday.
In response to a Right to Information request filed by Mumbai-based activist Chetan Kothari, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) said 2,234 people had been infected between October 2014 and March 2016.
The reply, which was shared with AFP Wednesday, was sent to Kothari last month after he asked for data for that particular time period.
"I wanted to know what is the government doing to ensure people have access to safe blood," Kothari told AFP.
"The data shows blood is not being screened for HIV despite so much awareness."
Sign up for our free e-mail list to see future vaticancatholic.com videos and articles.