Twenty Three prisoners at Gorakhpur district jail test positive for HIV

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Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Twenty-three inmates of Gorakhpur jail have been found to be HIV-positive, said jail administration, the finding coming soon after 58 people were declared HIV-positive in three villages of Unnao district’s Bangarmau tehsil, Uttar Pradesh.On the instructions of senior officials, several health camps were organized at the prison and 23 inmates, including a woman, were found HIV positive, Jail Superintendent Ramdhani Muni said.

During the camps, spread over eight months, 1,400 prisoners underwent tests to check for HIV, the officer said.They are being treated at the ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) center of the BRD Medical College and Hospital, the superintendent said. There are more than 1,800 inmates in the jail, tests for the remaining prisoners would be conducted soon, the officer said.

Last month, Unnao’s Bangarmau tehsil hit the headlines when 58 residents of three villages tested HIV-positive at health camps organized locally in November and January. It was alleged that the infection had been caused by a quack who reportedly used infected syringes. The development triggered the health department into action while NACO and UPSACS officials rushed to the affected localities for awareness camps.

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