A minimum of 21 people were allegedly infected with HIV in Unnao when a quack used a common syringe to administer injection, senior official said on Monday.
Official further updated that a case has been registered against the quack.
The matter was highlighted when the health department launched an investigation that said high number of HIV cases in the area, Chief medical officer Dr SP Chaudhary said.
“After the number of HIV cases that where increasing the health department organised a two member of committee which visited various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the route behind the cause,” he said.
Mr Chaudhary said the team visited Premganj and Chakmirpur areas of Bangarmau and filed a report, based on which screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, January 25 and January 27.
"In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV," the chief medical officer said.
The chief medical officer said. He said the patients have been referred to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur.
He said that the investigation also found that quack Rajendra Kumar, living in a neighbouring village, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment. "This was the reason behind the significant rise in the number HIV cases."
ART consists of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress the HIV and stop its progression. ART also helps prevent onward transmission of HIV, he said.
(With agency inputs)