Uttar Pradesh: 46 infected with HIV as a common syringe was used

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A case has been registered against the quack and the patients have been referred to Antiretroviral Therapy centre in Kanpur for treatment.

Screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, January 25 and January 27. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh health minister said that the matter is now being investigated.

Medical officials in Unnao said that they had then tested hundreds of people who lived in the same areas as these HIV-positive patients, including those who seemed perfectly healthy. It is being told that the people here used to go to a quack for treatment of diseases.

After interviewing the affected persons, officials suspected that the high incidence of HIV could be due to a quack who used a single infected syringe to treat patients in the area.

The camps were set up after several suspected HIV cases showed up during routine tests at the district hospitals in Bangarmau town in Unnai late past year, he added.

He is a quack, Choudhary said.

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The latest HIV outbreak comes as India suffers from a shortage of doctors and hospitals. Of those, 9,100 were children under age 15.

Critics have in the past blamed a lack of stringent criminal penalties that allow quacks to thrive. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them", state Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh.

ART also helps prevent transmission of HIV.

At the end of 2016, it was reported that 2.1 million Indian citizens were living with HIV. "We are still collecting evidence", the officer told The Hindu when asked if the accused would be arrested. Amin Welfare Trust, a body appointed by the UP AIDS Control Society, found 13 more people with HIV in Bangarmau in November 2017, and immediately shared the findings with the authorities, said a health department official.

"An examination demonstrated that every one of them had taken infusions from one individual", Choudhury said. For ₹10, he would provide both medicine and injection to the patients.

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