<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out of the 6,723 HIV patients in the city, only 18 cases were declared HIV positive because of transmission through blood and blood products and 17 cases due to infected syringe and needles. As per the Integrated Counseling and Testing C entre (ICTC) data given by the Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) department, in 2016-17, unprotected sex accounted for the highest number of HIV cases in Mumbai.The data on causes of HIV infection transmission in the Mumbai-based civic-run hospitals, between 2012-17, was collected by RTI activist Chetan Kothari. According to the response given by the MDASC department, various routes which cause HIV infected cases include – unprotected sex, blood and blood products, infected syringes and needles, parents to child, as per the ICTC data.The data also reveals that there has been decreasing number of HIV infected cases every year through various means of transmission. In 2012-13, while there were 53 cases due to transmission of blood, the number of cases fell to 18 in 2016-17.RTI activist Chetan Kothari said, “Since two years, the number of infected cases due to blood transmission are 18. We had previously filed RTI and asked why names of blood bank not asked to patients and whether any information is available. According to MDACS, they don’t have information related to which blood bank these blood are taken because it is not there in National Aids Control Organization’s protocol.”The data was provided by Dr Shrikala Acharya, Additional Director & Public Information Officer, MDACS. “Last year a complaint was made with National Human Rights Commission asking for a committee under IAS or Additional Municipal Commissioner for implementation of NAT testing and filling of staff. They forwarded the complaint to the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission. It is still under process,” Kothari added.