Parikshit Nirbhay, New Delhi
Published by: Kuldeep Singh
Updated Sun, 27 Jun 2021 05:35 AM IST
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Delhi AIIMS conducted sero survey in HIV patients for the first time in the country, different results from apprehension
New Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has conducted a sero survey study on HIV and corona infection for the first time in the country, in which it has been found that the infection of corona virus has been seen in HIV patients as compared to the population. This comes as no less than a surprise to doctors as they expected that at least 20 to 25 percent of HIV patients would have contracted the infection by now.
Only 14 percent found in Delhi and surrounding states
According to this study published in the medical journal MedRxiv, when antibody tests of these HIV patients coming to AIIMS from Delhi and adjoining states were done, it was found that only 14 percent have come under the grip of infection. The reason for the low sero-positivity in these patients is not yet known, but doctors of AIIMS believe that such a study should be done in different medical institutions of the country so that solid information can be obtained at the national level.
Experts feared more patients getting infected
In fact, since the beginning of the epidemic, it is feared that infection in HIV patients can have fatal consequences. The death rate of corona in these patients can also be very high. This was because in other states, patients with weakened immunity suffering from other diseases are seeing very serious consequences.
According to a report of the Ministry of Health, the number of HIV infected patients in the year 2019 was 23.49 lakh, which is now estimated to increase to more than 24 lakh. However, according to the same report, there has also been a decrease in 37 percent of patients between 2010 and 2019.
First 163 patients identified
The study was conducted by 11 doctors from the Department of Medicine of AIIMS, for which 163 patients were first identified. During the investigation, a history of corona infection was found in 24 patients. Of these, 82.16 per cent patients were male. Whereas in the general sero survey, 16.3 percent of men and 8.3 percent of women in Delhi have been affected during the first wave.
24 per cent of the elderly over the age of 50 were hit by the pandemic last year. So far, sero survey has been done six times in Delhi, according to which up to 56 percent people have been feared to be infected. At the same time, in the national survey conducted three times, up to 21 percent of the population has been confirmed to be infected.
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