Injectable drugs have been found to be the main reason behind the increasing number of HIV-positive cases in the state Credit: Representational image

Agartala: The North Tripura district has recorded a rise in the number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive cases due to high usage of drugs, mostly by youngsters below 25 years of age, said a senior official from the Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS) on Saturday.

Speaking with EastMojo, Alok Roy, assistant director of TSACS, said that in the last three years, the number of HIV/AIDS positive cases has increased immensely manifold in North Tripura district.

“During the period, over 462 people were found to be HIV-positive in North Tripura district. A survey conducted from April to December last year found more than 103 persons as HIV-positive,” a survey conducted by TSACS report said.

He also said that the injectable drugs are the main reason behind the increasing number in the state. The drugs are coming from neighbouring states like Assam and Mizoram.

As per the survey report shared by TSACS , over 1,622 HIV-positive cases were recorded in the state till October 2019.

As per the break-up given, West district recorded 348, North Tripura 462, Khowai 152, Gomati 117, Unakoti 188, Dhalai 179, Sepahijala 118 and South Tripura district recorded 57 cases.

“The main focus is on North Tripura district since the number has increased in the last two years. Special health camps and awareness camps are being conducted in those hot spot areas where the number is on a rise. The mobile integrated counselling testing centre (ICTC) van is also visiting remote areas to meet people and aware of them on HIV/AIDS,” Roy said.

The TSACAS in collaboration with Apollo Tyres has set up a health clinic in Madhab Bari interstate truck terminus last year to test the blood samples of the truck drivers. More than 148 people voluntarily came for the test.

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“Once the HIV virus is detected, a patient has to start taking the medicines so that at least 15 years of life can be saved. We have a total of 136 centres where people can test their blood samples and a total of 1.70 lakh tests have already been conducted,” the TSACS official said.

According to a report by the Tripura State AIDS Control Society, 1313 HIV cases were identified in Tripura till October 2018.

The information provided by the TSACAS includes people detected HIV positive from different professions till October last year.

The list included 75 soldiers, 185 daily labourers and domestic servants, 297 drivers, 48 farmers, 150 government/private service and ex-serviceman, 494 housewives, 103 students, 195 self-employed, 13 unemployed, 15 children, four sex workers and 43 others.

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