Six Northeastern states account for 43.5% IDUs who tested HIV positive: Report

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Delhi Bureau

New Delhi/Guwahati, January 12: Six Northeastern states account for 43.5 percent of Injecting Drug Users (IDU) who have tested HIV positive in the country. Among them Mizoram tops the list with whopping 19.81 percentage. Neighbouring Manipur has 7.66 percentage and Tripura accounts for 8.55 percent. The national average for the same is 6.26 percent.

This has come to light in a survey done by National Institute of Cholera and Endemic Disease, Kolkata Regional Institute of Medical Science, Imphal. The other states adding to the 43.5 percentage figure is Nagaland, Meghalaya and Assam.

Needle sharing among IDUs is found out to be the reason for the alarming statistics.

Government sponsored programs are not yielding any result in the Northeast, said an official working with the health ministry requesting anonymity. Due to lack of adequate staff and allotted money not being utilized properly are two prime reasons why preventive measures are not yielding a result, added the official.