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Of 5, 378 HIV patients in JK, 27 locals undergo treatment at ICTC-SNM Hospital, two babies spared due to ART



Leh(Ladakh), December 2, (Scoop News)-Of 47 HIV patients registered and currently undergoing treatment at Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre set up in Sonam Narboo Memorial Hospital, as many as 27 patients are locals.
Interestingly, two babies had been spared due to swift action and timely antiretroviral therapy (ART) from transmitting infection from their respective mothers, sources said.
The estimated number of patients suffering from HIV in Jammu and Kashmir is put at 5,378 while the number of deaths caused due to disease is about 810 so far. Surprisingly, 212 new cases of HIV have been registered during first nine months of the year in the state which is almost double of the corresponding period last year in which there were 118 new patients.
Incidentally, the state has a low prevalence of AIDS where the infection rate among the adults is only 0.05 percent, statement issued by Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPACS).
It said there are 4,328 registered patients, of which 2,796 patients are being treated at present with both the antiretroviral therapy (ART) centres in the state.
An unconfirmed figure, however, suggests that there are over 10,000 HIV patients at present in Jammu and Kashmir as many of these patients do not go for treatment due to shame and social ostracism....
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