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People with HIV/AIDS in Ropla no more in hide

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KATHMANDU — Many people living with HIV/AIDS in various places across Rolpa districts lately have begun to go public about their HIV status.

Thanks to the awareness drive and counseling conducted by the local governmental and non-governmental agencies about this disease, those keeping their infection in dark fearing the social stigma are gradually bringing their HIV positive status to light.

There are altogether 49 such people recorded in the district, according to Rolpa Plus. Among them, 15 are currently outside of the district due to their professional responsibility, while among the remaining ones in the district, 20 are female while 14 are male.

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“Every year, around two or three new HIV infected people are recorded for some years,” shared Radha BK. President of the Red Plus, a local agency offering treatment against HIV/AIDS.

Last winter alone, three new HIV patients came in contact with it.

President BK said that of those HIV patients in the district, 32 are availing treatment and other services offered by Red Plus while two are not willing to receiving any treatment fearing the social shame.

According to BK, 14 people in the district were recorded losing their lives to HIV infection. Three children have contracted HIV infection from their parents while 31 are affected with it.

Various social organizations have been assisting HIV/AIDS children in their education.

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Women with diabetes have higher cancer risk : Study

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SYDNEY — The increased risk of cancer in people with diabetes is higher for women than men, according to a major study by Australian researchers.

Women with diabetes were also at greater risk than men of getting leukemia and stomach, mouth and kidney cancers, the George Institute for Global Health medical research group said in a statement on Friday.

Previous research identified the link between diabetes and cancer risk, but this study looked at whether that risk differs between men and women.

Among people with diabetes, women have a 6 percent higher risk of cancer than men, the researchers said in the study, published in the journal Diabetologia.

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For women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the cancer risk is 27 percent higher compared to other women. And men with diabetes have a 19 percent higher cancer risk than men who don’t have the blood sugar disease, the findings showed.

And, for men the risk was 19 percent higher. The numbers “highlight the need for more research into the role diabetes plays in developing cancer” and “demonstrate the increasing importance of sex specific research,” said the researchers.

And based on the researchers’ analysis of data from 47 studies, diabetics of both sexes are at greater risk of cancer than people without diabetes.

“Further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms underlying the sex differences in the diabetes-cancer association,” the study authors concluded.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.7 million deaths in 2015. About one in four women and one in three men will develop cancer during their lifetime, the study authors noted in a journal news release.

Similary, diabetes affects more than 415 million people worldwide, with 5 million deaths linked to it every year.

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