2 Dec, Surkhet: A total of 274 HIV positive people are taking antiretroviral drugs, out of 442 documented HIV positive people including 31 children in the district, said the District Public Health Office.

Thirty four are new infected taking the drug, said information officer at the DPHO Basanta Man Shrestha, adding that 55 HIV positive were died so far since 2065 B.S.

Of the total 411 HIV infected people who have come in contact so far, 221 are women, and the rest 190 are men, said Nabikaran Plus, an NGO working in HIV\Aids field.

Most people from those areas bordering with India go to India in particular for a job, have unprotected sex there, and return with HIV virus, which they spread to their spouses later, said Shrestha.

Unsafe sex, sharing needles and syringes with HIV infected, and breastfeeding from infected mothers among are risk factors of contracting HIV virus, doctors said, adding however that those living with HIV\Aids can lead a normal life after being on medication regularly and on time. RSS

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