After the prisons of the Survivors District of Central Assam, five inmates of Silchar Central Jail tested positive for HIV. This includes two defendants and three trials subject to mandatory tests. On October 29, four inmates from the nearby Karimganj district prison also confirmed they had HIV, bringing the number to nine in Barak Valley prisons, with the number likely to rise further as many are yet to be reported.
One of the two convicts tested for HIV in Silchar Central Prison is a Manipur resident while the other works as a truck driver. Sometimes truck drivers don’t use protection during sex. The person tested positive after coming here. The second person stated that he had engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse. Both are infected because their sexual activity was unsafe. On the other hand, the three companies are drug addicts, said Ashutosh Barman, director of joint health Kashar.
Earlier, a total of 85 inmates from Survivor Central Prison and Special Prison were discovered in September. Of the 85 prisoners who tested positive for HIV, 45 are from a special prison and 40 are from the central prison located in Survivors City, according to Dr. L. C. Nath, the supervisor of BP Survivors Civil Hospital. According to sources in the Survivor District Health Department, most of the HIV-positive prisoners are injecting drug users and indulge in the use of syringes from multiple users.
Chief Secretary of Health Department, Anurag Goel stated that the Assam AIDS Control Society (ASACS) has detected a total of 20,085 positive cases of HIV in Assam as of June 2021 since 2002. Kamrup (metro) district has the highest number of 6,888, It is followed by 4,609 in Cachar and 1,245 in Dibrugarh.
Recently due to high-risk group (HRG) index testing of people, an increase in HIV cases has been reported in areas such as Morigaon, Nagaon and Nalbari. Although in the above-mentioned areas there was no previously high prevalence of HIV, index testing of prison inmates (especially IDUs) was performed in prisons, cases increased.”
The AIDS department takes care of the health issues of prison inmates. The team visits Silchar Central Prison every six months and conducts tests for the prisoners. Meanwhile, five prisoners who tested positive for the virus are being isolated which reduces the chance of the disease spreading.