Tribune Information Service
Ambala, December 1
The incidence of HIV/AIDS is probably the most amongst drug addicts, intercourse staff and eunuchs, a latest survey has revealed.
A minimum of 70 sufferers — 59 drug addicts, 9 intercourse staff and two transgenders — had been discovered throughout a latest survey carried out by the Well being Division, a senior officer mentioned right here on Tuesday.
The outcomes of the survey despatched shock waves within the district because the contaminated individuals had been reportedly in contact with a number of different individuals, whose particulars had been being traced and examined, the officer disclosed.
Taking a cue from the survey carried out by the District AIDS Management Society, the district administration on Tuesday launched a particular drive to encourage high-risk individuals to get themselves examined to hint and deal with contaminated sufferers. The drive launch coincided with World AIDS Day.
“Initially, high-risk individuals resisted testing, however after fixed counselling and educating them concerning the illness and how one can forestall it, they lastly agreed to get themselves examined,” the officer revealed.
The 70 HIV-positive individuals had been put beneath anti-retroviral remedy, which concerned giving them a mix of HIV medicines every single day.
“It is strongly recommended for everybody who has HIV,” mentioned an skilled, whereas including that the remedy couldn’t treatment HIV, however assist folks with HIV to reside longer and lead more healthy lives.
The survey additionally revealed that many of the drug addicts, who had been examined constructive for HIV, used to take medication via injections.
“They used to inject themselves with medication and in some circumstances, used a single syringe and needle for a number of injections,” shared the officer, including that some sufferers admitted sharing syringes and needles.
Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Sharma directed well being officers to check, hint and deal with all contaminated individuals after overlaying all high-risk sections of society beneath the notice and testing drive.
Dr Kuldeep Singh, Civil Surgeon, mentioned the Well being Division had been spreading consciousness about HIV/AIDS and high-risk individuals had been stored beneath commentary.
“Those that examined constructive got remedy and their contacts traced and examined to verify additional unfold of the illness,” he added.