33 infected with HIV after quack uses tainted syringe

The fake doctor used the same syringes as those he had previously used to treat flu and fever. File pic

Image Rajendra Kumar is allegedly to have used the same syringes as those he had previously used to treat flu and fever. File pic

An unlicensed doctor in India infected over 40 people with HIV after using the same needle to treat all victims, Times Now reported.

Arun Pratap Singh, a Bangarmau police official, said an investigative file had been opened against the suspect doctor identified as Rajendra Kumar. "If proper tests are done, at least 500 cases would come up", Sunil Bangarmau, an area councillor, told ANI - a local news wire outlet. "During another screening in November, another 13 were reported", Chief Medical Officer Dr SP Chaudhary said. The lack of medical care has led to many people looking for cheap treatment elsewhere, and an increase in fake doctors. Those who have so far tested positive are being treated at a government college in Kanpur Uttar Pradesh.

ART consists of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress HIV and stop its progression.

Bangarmau, where the fake doctor practiced, has a higher rate of HIV when compared to adjoining areas that reported nearly no cases, Choudhary said.

HIV - or the human immunodeficiency infection - is transmitted through blood transfusion, utilization of tainted needles and syringes, unprotected sex, or from mother to tyke. He has been absconding since the case was registered against him.

India marks World AIDS Day every December with the country home to 2.1 million people who live with HIV
Image India marks World AIDS Day every December with the country home to 2.1 million people who live with HIV

The 33 were confirmed from among 566 people tested at government-organised HIV screening camps on January 24, 25 and 27, according to S P Choudhary, chief medical officer (CMO) of Unnao district.

Now, health camps have been setup by the local health authorities to curtail the spread of HIV.

"It's being investigated. Action will be taken against culprits and those who practice without license. So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them".

Siddharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh health minister, promised a crackdown on unqualified medics across the state.

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

. Which is what likely sparked the small outbreak of HIV.

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