The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommend early initiation of HIV positive patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Going a step further, the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society has initiated steps to dispense drugs for three months at a time to HIV positive persons.
According to the Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS), there are 20,853 sex workers in their records, of whom 511 are HIV-positive and 472 are on ART. Across Mumbai, there are 38,254 HIV-positive patients.
According to estimates, 163,000 people were infected with HIV in the country but only 25,000 were registered with state-run HIV programmes and out of that, only about 16,000 came regularly for treatment and medicines.
Blood banks operating without licences, lack of an advanced screening test and a regulatory body struggling with staff crunch — blood transfusion in the capital needs a shot in the arm. Indian Express reports.
With the case of the London Patient, reported in Nature Tuesday, scientists have successfully duplicated Dr Hütter’s CCR5-delta 32 experiment from 13 years ago, with less pain than Brown, the pioneering survivor of HIV, had to endure.
Preliminary inquiry revealed that the blood bank staff had failed to screen the blood properly before supplying it to the private hospital. The personnel who tested the donor's blood had labelled it 'safe,' officials said.
The KMC administration has claimed they have “99 per cent” ruled out the complaint, stating that they have tested one of two donors who had donated the blood when the woman had undergone a blood transfusion in the hospital in April.