Unlicensed Doctor Reusing Needles Infects Dozens With HIV In India

New York Times: Fake Doctor in India Suspected of Infecting Dozens With HIV
“…[H]ealth officials in Unnao, a primarily rural district two hours’ drive southwest of Lucknow, became concerned last July when an unusual number of patients visiting a government hospital began testing positive in routine HIV screening. … At least 33, they found, tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. All of those who tested positive said they had been treated by the same unqualified medical practitioner…” (Gettleman/Kumar, 2/6).

Washington Post: An unlicensed doctor with a dirty syringe infected dozens with HIV in India, officials say
“…Now dozens of patients in northern India are bearing what could be lifelong costs of HIV infection after the medically unqualified man reused an infected needle, officials said Tuesday, a grim consequence of quacks and unlicensed practitioners filling in the gaps of a health-care system struggling to meet the needs of 1.3 billion people. Rajendra Yadav used a dirty syringe to infect nearly 40 people with the virus that can lead to AIDS, said SP Chowdhary, the chief medical officer for the city of Unnao, where the patients were infected. Authorities expect to find more victims…” (Horton, 2/6).

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