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Denied therapy, HIV+ Naga man leaves Bangalore
Published on 7 Apr. 2011 12:55 AM IST
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After being allegedly denied anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for over two months by St John’s Hospital, a 30-year-old HIV+ engineering student left for his native town in Nagaland on Monday in search of effective treatment.
As the patient’s condition was deteriorating, the patient’s younger brother decided to take him to Nagaland for treatment, DNA reports.
The student worked as a part-time music teacher in Bangalore for a year. The brothers reached their home town on Tuesday. The hospital is said to have stone-walled the patient’s pleas for ART, after he tested positive for HIV in February.
“My brother’s condition is critical. We cannot wait any longer. So, we have decided to move the patient to Nagaland,” his brother told DNA before leaving Bangalore.
It’s a clear case of discrimination and denial of medical assistance to a HIV+ patient, alleged members of the Karnataka HIV Sonkithara Sangatane, an organisation working for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA). “It’s sad that a HIV+ person had to leave the city because he was denied treatment,” rued Parveen Ahmed, a member of Karnataka HIV Sonkithara Sangatane. “Authorities should seriously investigate the matter, so that such an incident is not get repeated in future,” he added.
The student was diagnosed with HIV+ when he was under treatment at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans), in February.
Doctors said that the patient used to do drugs and might have contracted the infection from a used needle.

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