Report: 193 tested HIV positive in 8 southern districts

The report emphasizes that returning expats make an important contribution to the spread of the virus

According to a report from a local volunteer organization, at least 193 people tested HIV positive in eight of the country's southern districts.

Among them, 84 (53 men and 31 women) tested HIV positive in Khulna district alone, while the other 109 were from the: Jhenidah, Gopalganj, Jashore, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Narail and Magura districts. According to Mukto Akash Bangladesh (MAB), this is a volunteer organization that deals with AIDS-related issues.

When contact was made, Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr Abdur Razzak said that they had corrected and confirmed the findings released by MAB, reports UNB.

The report also said that emigrants returning from abroad, such as India, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the US, are responsible for spreading the deadly virus in the districts.

No HIV virus was detected among sex workers in the district.

The number of deaths caused by the virus is increasing rapidly in the southern districts, the report states. The worst affected areas among the districts are Benapole, Chaugachha and Khulna, because the citizens of those areas often work abroad, especially India, and carry the deadly virus back.

Sources at Khulna Medical College and Hospital said that at least 31 HIV patients were hospitalized this year and three died.

MAB coordinator Rehena Begum said the organization is working to raise public awareness about the fatal disease, as well as providing nutrition and medical support to HIV patients.

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