‘Drug abuse by rich students led to HIV epidemic in Tripura’

‘Drug abuse by rich students led to HIV epidemic in Tripura’

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HIV epidemic linked to student drug abuse

What is the story

An alarming HIV epidemic in Tripura has been attributed to drug addiction among students from rich families, according to the Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS).

The company’s report reveals that 47 students have died and 828 have tested positive for the disease.

“We have so far registered 828 HIV positive students. Of them, 572 are still alive and we have lost 47 people to this dreaded infection,” said a senior TSACS official.

Drug addiction among students

The TSACS official also revealed that many HIV positive students have left Tripura to pursue higher studies in prestigious institutions across India.

The company has identified students from 220 schools and 24 colleges and universities who use injection drugs, a key factor in the spread of HIV.

“Reports are being collected from almost all blocks and subdivisions before making this presentation,” the official added.

Children from wealthy families are most affected by the HIV epidemic

The official noted that the majority of these students come from wealthy families, often with both parents working in the civil service.

“In most cases, the children belong to wealthy families and are diagnosed with HIV. There are families where both parents are civil servants and do not hesitate to respond to the children’s demands. When they realize that their children are victims of drugs, it is already too late,” the official added.

What is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks the cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases.

It is spread through contact with bodily fluids from someone with HIV, usually through unprotected sex or sharing drug injection equipment.

If HIV is not treated, it can progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

There is no cure for HIV, meaning the disease is lifelong. However, there is effective antiretroviral treatment to manage the virus.