HIV Positive Cases Detected at Single Health Camp in UP's Unnao

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. "The matter came to light after the health department launched an investigation following reports of "high number of HIV cases" in the area".

In a shocking incident, a quack travelling on bicycle ended up giving HIV to at least 20 persons in UP's Unnao. The committee identified Rajendra Yadav as the quack but could not find more details about his identity or residence.

He is a quack, Choudhary said. About 9,000 of those were under 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.

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

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.

ART also helps prevent transmission of HIV.

At present, India has an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV.

"We are in the process of recording the statements of the victims and trying to nab the quack", Bangarmau police inspector Arun Kumar Singh said.

Nath Singh informed that efforts were on to arrest the quack.

"An examination demonstrated that every one of them had taken infusions from one individual", Choudhury said.

The villagers of Unnao, in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, are reportedly having sleepless nights after a compulsory screening drive launched by the local administration have found a lot of them infected with HIV. Prasad had allegedly given permission to an NGO to use the facility and did not provide mattresses and blankets to the patients who had to spend the night in the open. "So we are also mapping truck drivers", he said.

  • Delores Daniels