HIV spreading among Tibetans, says government-in-exile

Dharamsala : HIV is increasingly becoming one of the most dangerous diseases spreading within the Tibetan community, the Tibetan government-in-exile said here Thursday.

The Tibetans should take preventive measures and regular medical tests to combat the disease, Health Minister Tsering Wangchuk said at a function being organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to mark World AIDS Day.

He advised the exiles to take preventive measures and regular medical tests to combat HIV.

According to a CTA report titled “Demographic Survey of Tibetans-in-Exile 2009”, the total population of Tibetans outside Tibet stood at 127,935, comprising 70,556 males and 57,379 females.

There are 94,203 Tibetans living in India, 13,514 in Nepal, 1,298 in Bhutan and 18,920 elsewhere, said the report.

The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India and has been settled in this hill station in north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh in 1959. His government-in-exile based here, however, is not recognised by any country.

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