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Youths of 16-24 ages in AMC are using injectable drugs, cases of HIV on rise


BY TC News Desk

Agartala: July 20. Around 500 youths in Agartala city are using injectable drugs and more than 200 people in Agartala Municipal Corporation are positive with HIV, said Dr. Deep Kumar Debbarma state surveillance officer and in-charge project director of Tripura State AIDS Control Society.

The Tripura AIDS Control Society has organized a sensitization program with all the Councillors of Agartala Municipal Corporation. “We are holding a sensitization program with all the Councillors of Agartala Municipal Corporation regarding HIV AIDS and against the usage of Injectable drugs. We will hold the discussion based of AMC ward wise and will review the situation in the AMC areas”, said Dr. Deep Kumar Debbarma.

He said in the past years HIV positive cases were found in other districts while since last few months the number is increasing in West district like any other things.He said around 300 HIV-positive cases are present in the AMC areas and in the last three month the number have significantly increased.

In more than 50 percent of wards out of 59 wards of AMC, people are using inject able drugs.He said that majority of injectable drug users are in between 16-24 years of age.In Agartala, around more than 500 people were identified who are taking injectable drugs whole more than 400 people are positive for the HIV.

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