66 found HIV positive in Sylhet

Published: December 02, 2018 13:59:01 | Updated: December 06, 2018 14:11:13

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At least 66 new patients have been tested HIV positive in Sylhet district till November this year, says a report released by a local voluntary organisation on Sunday.

Among the affected, a total of 902 people were detected as carrying the lethal virus while the number was 836 in last year, according to Ashar Alo Society, the voluntary organisation that works on AIDS-related issues.

Of the 536 affected patients who are still alive, 267 are male, 224 female and 46 children while two are transgender, says the report.

Abdur Rahman, district coordinator of the organisation, said expatriates returning from abroad are carrying the virus in their bodies and spreading the fatal virus due to their unawareness and sometimes shyness of sharing it with others even with their wives.

There must be HIV testing centres at every airport and land ports across the country to properly detect AIDS affected expatriates coming back home, UNB reports quoting Rahman.

In 2003, only 28 people were tested to be carrying HIV, the number now stands 902 till November 2018 and 366 died of the disease so far, says the report.

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