Indian Quack May Have Infected an Entire Village with HIV

Indian Quack May Have Infected an Entire Village with HIV

Indian Quack May Have Infected an Entire Village with HIV

Police are searching for a fake doctor in India after he allegedly used the same needle to give injections to multiple patients, infecting at least 21 people with HIV.

Sushil Choudhury, the official, said police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December past year.

Villagers said they never saw Yadav change the needles he used and health official Sushil Choudhury said that that was the likely cause of the spread of HIV.

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.

Most are untrained, and some of the cures they offer can be unsafe, but in India, where the health care system is tremendously challenged, many poor people often feel they have no choice but to pay a few rupees for their services and hope for the best.

India had 2.1 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016, according to a UNAIDS report. Out of those, 9,100 were children under the age of 15. India has registered a 20 per cent annual decline in new infections over the past few years, according to the report.

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At least 40 people were detected with HIV positive virus at Bangarmau city in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district.

The affected persons have been admitted to the Kanpur medical college and were being counselled and treated there, the minister said.

"This was an important lead".

"In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV", the chief medical officer said.

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 transmission of HIV through infected syringes, especially among drug users, has been on the increase, despite efforts by the Indian government to control such cases. It weakens the body's immune system, making it susceptible to various infections.

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