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Shocking | 21 people contract HIV in UP, after quack uses infected needle

Shocking | 21 people contract HIV in UP, after quack uses infected needle

Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, said an investigative file had been opened against the suspect doctor identified as Rajendra Kumar.

Screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, January 25 and January 27. The case has been reported from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao.

Health officials said taking cognizance of "high number of HIV cases" in the area, a committee was formed to visit various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the surge.

Government health officials are offering free HIV treatment to all the people who were infected.

The officials held three camps in November and December a year ago, after being alarmed by the high incidence of HIV reported from the district hospital and health camps held in Bangermau by an NGO.

He is a quack, Choudhary said. 9,100 were children under the age of 15.

New HIV infections in the country have decreased by 46% since 2010 and the number of AIDS-related deaths has come down by 22% in the same period.

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Critics have in the past blamed a lack of stringent criminal penalties that allow quacks to thrive.

Dozens of deaths from encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh last year led to a firestorm of criticism of the state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who took office early last year. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them".

ART also helps prevent transmission of HIV.

According to World Health Organization, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. "We are still collecting evidence", the officer told The Hindu when asked if the accused would be arrested.

In a shocking news that has come to light, it has been discovered that use of a common syringe has left around 40 people infected with HIV. For ₹10, he would provide both medicine and injection to the patients.

He said that awareness camps will be organised there to prevent this.