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HIV cases on rise in agency, industrial areas

HIV cases on rise in agency, industrial areas
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With the World AIDS Day on Friday, comes the sad news that the HIV positive cases are causing a severe scare in the Agency areas of the district....

Bhadrachalam: With the World AIDS Day on Friday, comes the sad news that the HIV positive cases are causing a severe scare in the Agency areas of the district. Official sources said that the cases were going up every year, despite the aggressive campaign being taken up by the government and various voluntary organisations.

Bhadrachalam, Kothagudem, Palvoncha, Sarapaka and Manuguru top the list of HIV positive cases, according to details available with the AIDS Centre here. The centre registered 4,006 HIV positive cases across the district during the period 2010-17. The year-wise break-up of the cases is 437 in 2013-14, 389 (2014-15), 373 (2015-16).

As many as 227 cases were registered so far, this year. The registration of cases every month is causing concern. The highest number of HIV positive cases is being registered in Sarapaka of Burgampadu mandal. Of these cases, 588 persons died of AIDS, according to officials. Of the 2,739 cases, 1,078 are taking pension through the Aasara scheme.

In the district, there are six ICTC centres, 32 FICTC centres, one ART centre, five Link ART centres, two STD centres, one Vihan care & support centre and two blood banks. Of the 66,036 HIV tests conducted across the district from January to October this year, 363 were found to be positive. Of the blood tests conducted for 27,791 pregnant women, 24 (0.08 per cent) were found to be positive.

Senior Medical Officer of the ARC Centre Dr Chandra Prasad told The Hans India that widespread public awareness campaign was being conducted on HIV. He said more HIV cases were being registered in the Agency areas and there were more patients in industrial areas of Sarapaka and Bhadrachalam agency. He stated that of the 4,006 patients registered in the ARC, 2,739 were getting treated. He further asked the people to be aware of HIV and take precautionary measures to avoid viral infection.

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