It is being told that the people here used to go to a quack for treatment of diseases. Those who have tested positive are reported to be receiving treatment at a government college in Kanpur Uttar Pradesh.
Twenty-one cases of the virus were confirmed during government-organized screening camps at the end of January, according to Choudhary. "We set up unique therapeutic camps in towns in the zone and checked 566 individuals, and 21 were observed to be HIV positive". The gathering works with HIV and AIDS patients in the area.
Chief Medical officer Dr SP Chaudhary said that the matter was detected when the health department launched an investigation following the reports of "high number of HIV cases" in the area.
Yadav cycled between villages in the region and offered to treat sick people. Villagers said he used the same syringe and needle in the name of cheaper treatment.
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HIV - or the human immunodeficiency infection - is transmitted through blood transfusion, utilization of tainted needles and syringes, unprotected sex, or from mother to tyke. India has a severe shortage of doctors and it is not uncommon for poor villagers to seek help from people like Yadav. During the course of the investigation it was revealed that a person had been using a common HIV infected injection for treating multiple people.
According to 2017 UNAIDS data, India has 2.1 million people living with HIV, which is about 0.26% of its population.
"We are in the process of recording the statements of the victims and trying to nab the quack", Bangarmau police inspector Arun Kumar Singh said.
The UP Health Ministry has taken cognizance of the case and has assured action against the culprits.