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519 tested HIV-positive in Paks Sindh province

As many as 519 people, most of whom were children, have been tested HIV-positive in the last two weeks in Pakistan’s province, with officials attributing the cause to the use of unsanitary equipment, unsafe transfusion and rampant malpractice — often at the hands of quack doctors. On Wednesday, 39 cases of were detected during screening of people in district, taken the positive cases to over 500 in the last 17 days, officials said. As many as 23 children and five women were tested HIV-positive in the latest screenings carried out in Ratodero town, where the highest number of such cases have been detected in the district. Dr said more screening camps are being set up in the district to speed up the process of detecting HIV positive cases. Dr said majority of those tested HIV positive were children and the reason for this was apparently a surge in rates across country due to the use of unsanitary equipment, unsafe transfusion and rampant malpractice often at the hands of quack doctors.

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