Around two dozens contracted HIV in India due to single syringe use

The official said that more health camps were organised in the area to ascertain if more people had contracted HIV thereafter. PTI Image for Representation

Over 40 people infected with HIV in UP after quack from Unnao uses common syringe

Sushil Choudhury, the authority, said police were searching for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a residential area in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV contaminations were distinguished in December a year ago. 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.

"An investigation showed that nearly all of them had taken injections from one person", Choudhury said.

Most are untrained, and some of the cures they offer can be risky, 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 at the end of 2016 had an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV, according to UNAIDS. Of those, 9,100 were youngsters under age 15. According to villagers, his "treatment" was cheaper than the medicine prescribed by government doctors.

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

Dohare said people spoke about a quack during counselling.

"This was an important lead".

"After we found that a large number of cases were being reported from this area, a screening camp was held, in which 566 persons were examined".

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Mehtab Alam, a project manager for Raza Hussain Memorial Charitable Trust, said fake doctors do not use disposable syringes, instead using glass syringes with a single need to inject hundreds of patients.

'We ask HIV patients various things to know the source of infection, Choudhary said. Villagers whined that he would give infusions for all afflictions for small installments, Choudhury 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.

The HIV targets the immune system and weakens people's defence systems against infections and some types of cancer.

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