Guwahati| Guwahati-based charitable hospital Marwari Hospitals is Guwahati will be the second health facility in Assam to install the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) facility that will help detection of HIV and other viruses like Hepatitis B in the quickest possible time.
At present, International Hospitals of Guwahati is the only set-up to have such a facility in the State.
The NAAT, according to experts, can detect the HIV virus in blood within three days of infection unlike the ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay) and a more modern CLIA (Enhanced Chemiiluminescence Assay) that detect HIV antibodies only after the 18-day window period associated with HIV.
The management at Marwari Hospitals said that the NAAT facility would be in place in another four months’ time and all the related infrastructure and formalities have already been taken care of.
The facility will be installed at a cost of over Rs 1 crore. Assam has recorded 928 new HIV cases with an estimated 12,090 people living with HIV(PLHA) last year, according to Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS).
Assam is highly vulnerable for HIV transmission as it is the gateway to other northeastern states and is surrounded by the three highly prevalence states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.
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