Authorities in India are now on the hunt for an unlicensed doctor who reportedly infected at least 40 people with HIV in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. "Thirty-eight persons were found reactive while 21 were found positive", Unnao Chief Medical Officer S.P. Chaudhary said.
Teams visited the region to hold screening camps at the end of January.
Quoting National AIDS Control Organization's (NACO) India HIV Estimations 2015 Technical Report, UPSACS said in Uttar Pradesh, the prevalence of HIV among adults (15-19 years) stands at estimated 0.12 per cent, while the number of PLHIV infection (among adult and children) is at around 1.5 lakh.
ART consists of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress HIV and stop its progression.
Chief Medical officer Dr SP Chaudhary said that the matter was detected when the health department launched an investigation following the reports of "high number of HIV cases" in the area.
A case was registered against the quack, Rajendra Kumar, under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease unsafe to life) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by risky weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. "We set up unique therapeutic camps in towns in the zone and checked 566 individuals, and 21 were observed to be HIV positive".
In a shocking incident, the callousness of a quack has led to at least 20 persons having been found HIV positive in UP's Unnao. It is being told that the people here used to go to a quack for treatment of diseases. "We will also take action against doctors practicing without proper licenses or degrees". Since it's a transit point, HIV carriers are likely to come there. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them". The wife of a daily wage labourer, who stopped getting work after this said they suspected "something was wrong" when a large number of people in the village started falling ill, some with prolonged fever.