Lucknow District Jail Sees Spike in HIV Cases: 36 Prisoners Test Positive, Total Reaches 47

Alarming rise in HIV infections detected at Lucknow District Jail. 36 new cases push total to 47, prompting treatment, counseling, and dietary changes for affected prisoners.

Lucknow Jail Sees Spike in HIV Cases: 36 Prisoners Test Positive, Total Reaches 47
Lucknow Jail Sees Spike in HIV Cases: 36 Prisoners Test Positive, Total Reaches 47

National Desk, Feb 4: A concerning development has emerged from Lucknow District Jail, where 36 prisoners have recently tested positive for HIV, bringing the total number of infected inmates to 47. This significant increase has triggered immediate action from the authorities, including treatment, counseling, and improved dietary measures for those affected.

The new cases were identified during routine health tests conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Health Department in December 2023. Prior to this, 11 prisoners had already been diagnosed with HIV.

Upon receiving the results, the jail administration promptly initiated treatment for all infected individuals at a designated hospital in Lucknow. Additionally, counseling sessions have been introduced to address the emotional and psychological well-being of these prisoners.

Recognizing the importance of proper nutrition, the jail authorities have implemented dietary changes specifically tailored to the needs of HIV-positive inmates. This includes an increased calorie intake to support their overall health.

Furthermore, all individuals who tested positive are being closely monitored by medical professionals. They are receiving specialized care at the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Centre located at King George’s Medical University (KGMU).

Ashish Tiwari, Jail Superintendent of Lucknow, confirmed that the health screening was conducted based on directives from the state AIDS Control Society. He emphasized the ongoing efforts to ensure the well-being of all affected prisoners.

This incident highlights the crucial need for effective healthcare interventions within prison settings. Addressing the vulnerability of incarcerated individuals to HIV infection requires comprehensive strategies that encompass prevention, screening, treatment, and support services.

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