Around two dozens contracted HIV in India due to single syringe use

If proper tests are done at least 500 cases would come

Over 40 people infected with HIV in UP after quack from Unnao uses common syringe

More than 20 people in a northern Indian town tested positive for HIV after a fake doctor used contaminated needles and syringes while treating them for colds, coughs and diarrhea, a health official said. "After speaking to the HIV-affected persons, the investigating team also found that they had received treatment from the same place", said Mr. Dohre.

The HIV cases were discovered in two rural areas, Premganj and Chakmirpur, in the Bangermau tehsil during screening camps held by the State Health department. After the tests, 38 more patients - six from just one family - were found HIV positive, Chowdhary confirmed.

The officials held three camps in November and December previous year, after being alarmed by the high incidence of HIV reported from the district hospital and health camps held in Bangermau by an NGO.

He said the investigation revealed that Kumar, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment. The group works with HIV and Aids patients in the region.

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Uttar Pradesh Health Minister has assured an investigation in the connection.

The probe into the root cause of such an high infection led them to a quack Rajendra Kumar, living in a nearby village.

The small outbreak comes amid a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals in India.

"In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV", the chief medical officer said. Out of those, 9,100 were children under the age of 15.

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The Indian Medical Association estimates that about 45% of the people in India who practice medicine have no formal training. "So we're mapping truck drivers who come there and offer treatment to them".

According to World Health Organization, HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far.

According to sources, some people had filed a complaint against the quack with the CMO office a few months ago but no apparent action was taken.

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