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Hundreds of used syringes lie in a bin at the office of 'Sahara', an NGO run by People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) in Churachandpur, some 70kms. south-west of Imphal on November 20, 2008. Accurate estimates of HIV indicate that approximately 2.5 million people in India were living with HIV in 2006, with national adult HIV prevalence of 0.36%. Although the proportion of people living with HIV is lower than previously estimated, India's epidemic continues to affect large numbers of people according to UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). The northeast of India which borders the opium-producing Golden Triangle of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos has been declared one of India's high-risk zones with close to 100,000 people infected with HIV, many of whom are intravenous drug users.