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Yerawada Jail has 55 HIV+ve Inmates

HIV+ve Inmates in State
  • Yerawada central prison,
    pune: 55
  • Thane central jail: 37
  • Nashik central jail: 32
  • Amaravati central jail: 22
  • Nagpur central jail: 14
  • Kolhapur jail: 14
  • Aurangabad jail: 6
  • Bhandara jail: 4
  • kalyan jail: 4
  • Wardha jail: 3
  • raigad jail: 2
  • Osmanabad jail: 1
  • Total - 182
Source: the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society, Mumbai
Pune: The Yerawada Central Prison leads among other prisons in the state as far as HIV cases are concerned, but its inmates are now better equipped with the knowledge of HIV/AIDS than before, thanks to the Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) facility. The facility has not only helped in the detection of 55 inmates as HIV positive, but has also enabled the 3,500–odd prisoners learn about the modes of transmission of the infection and vulnerability.

The ICTC facilities were started at the Yerawada and Amravati jails by the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) as a pilot project a year ago, on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. The move came following a directive by the Bombay High Court. The Amravati jail has emerged second in the list of prisons with 22 positive cases. The other jails in the state send the inmates for testing and counselling to government hospitals that have ICTC facilities.

“A total of 55 inmates, including six women, of the Yerawada jail tested positive for HIV in the last one year. Eight of them have been put on antiretroviral treatment as their CD4 count is less than 200,” ICTC counsellor Sudhakar Ingale told TOI.

The ICTC is a place where a person gets counselling and tested for HIV on his own free will or as advised by the medical practitioner, he said. “A total of 1,637 inmates of the Yerawada jail were screened for HIV within a year, of which 200 volunteered to get themselves examined while 1,637 were referred by medical officers of the jail,” he added.

“As per the guidelines of the National AIDS Control Society (NACO), the ICTC provides three HIV tests – the first to detect the virus and the second and third to confirm if the patient is positive,” Ingale said. “On an average, five inmates tested positive for HIV every month.”

Notably, the history taken down of the 10 HIV infected inmates of Yerawada jail has revealed that they were MSM (men sex with men) cases, Ingale said. “We are spreading awareness about the risks associated with MSM among the inmates,” he said.

Ramesh Deokar, state project director of MSACS, said, “There are no plans to set up full–fledged ICTCs in all the prisons in the state. Earlier, a proposal in this regard was sent to the National AIDS Control Society of India (NACO), but they are ready to extend only training if the state government recruits workforce.”

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Source: Times of India




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