GUWAHATI: In a shocking development, the number of HIV positives cases has been alarmingly rising in Morigaon, Assam.
As per reports, the presence of the Human Immune Deficiency Virus(HIV) has been detected in 27 youths of the district in just 17 days.
Sources said that the District AIDS Control Society, Morigaon with the help of an NGO conducted HIV tests on some people between August 1 to August 16 in the district.
The results showed that 27 youths were identified as HIV positives. Three more youths from the district were identified as HIV positives on Tuesday, sources revealed.
According to the district AIDS control authority, the prime cause of the deadly viral transmission is drugs taken by syringe. The authority also pointed out that the ART (Antiviral Therapy Test) treatment could help survive the HIV positives.
" In Morigaon, there is no ART treatment facility. It can be found in Nagaon. The treatment helps HIV-positive patients leading a normal life like us,'' an official of the District AIDS Control Society said.
Earlier, seven HIV-positive cases have been detected in Barkhetri, Nalbari under Mukalmua BPHC. The cases were found positive in the primary tests, stated the hospital authority. Sources added that the cases were detected as part of the AIDS projects being carried out by two private organizations — Pancharatna and Barnibari Yuvak Sangha.
The patients are being kept isolated at home. They will be sent to GMCH (Gauhati Medical College & Hospital) soon. All the cases fall under IDU (Injecting Drugs User). This was informed to the media here on Wednesday by Dr Chakradhar Barman, Superintendent (in charge) of the Mukalmua BPHC.