Staff Correspondent, Sylhet
HIV infection has taken a serious turn in Sylhet. At least 66 new patients have been tested HIV positive in the district till November, says a report released by a local voluntary organisation Ashar Alo Society on Sunday.
Among the affected, a total of 902 people were detected as carrying the lethal virus while the number was 836 in last year, according to Ashar Alo Society, the voluntary organisation that works on A IDS-related issues.
Of the 536 affected patients who are still alive, 267 are male, 224 female and 46 children while two are transgender, says the report.
Abdur Rahman, district coordinator of Ashar Alo Society, said that expatriates returning from abroad are carrying the virus in their
bodies and spreading the fatal virus due to their unawareness and sometimes shyness of sharing it with others even with their wives.
There should be HIV testing centers at every airport and
land port to properly detect
AIDS affected expatriates, he suggested.
In 2003, only 28 people
were tested to be carrying HIV, the number now stands 902 till November 2018 and 366 died
of the disease so far, says the
report.
The first HIV patient, an expatriate, died in Sylhet in 1994.