Around two dozens contracted HIV in India due to single syringe use

Violet Powell
February 7, 2018

Most of the cases are from Premganj and Chakmirapur villages.

A health camp organised a year ago in the area had revealed the unusually high number of HIV positive cases and when the reason came to light, the health department of the UP government organised three camps in which people were screened, counseled and if possible, offered treatment. According to the people habiting in the area, they visited a quack for treatment where the accused used a single needle on all the patients. "We later found out that a person has been giving injections using a common syringe to the victims".

He is a quack, Choudhary said.

The fake doctor fled India in December of 2017 after police issued a warrant for his arrest. Out of those, 9,100 were children under the age of 15.

The Indian Medical Association estimates that about 45% of the people in India who practice medicine have no formal training.

Subsequent investigations by the health department into the cases revealed that the persons were administered injections through a single syringe in the name of cheap treatment. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them", Singh told ANI, Times Now reported.

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The therapy involves a combination of anti-retroviral drugs to suppress HIV and stop its progression.

India had a total of 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, with new infections that year totaling 80,000.

"The matter is being investigated".

"Screening camps were held at three places in Bangarmau during which 566 people were examined and of them 21 were found to be infected with HIV", chief medical officer Dr. S P Chaudhary said.

Locals allege that the quack used to use one syringe for injections on every patient and possibly infected others by a needle used on an Aids patient.

Villagers said they never saw the doctor change needles when treating patients.

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