Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Centre
Incharge: Dr. Upasna Agarwal, Head, Department of (Internal Medicine)
Under the supervision of the in-charge, the ART centre is being run by a dedicated team:
- Dr Lalita Sharma, Senior Medical Officer
- Ms Suman Aman Mary, Staff Nurse
- Ms. Jyoti Sharma, ,Counselor
- Mr. Arjun Kumar, Data Manager
- Mr. Satpal, Laboratory Technician
- Mr. Vinit Kumar, Pharmacist
- Mrs. Bhagwati Devi, Community Care Coordinator
Treatment of HIV infected persons with provision of free life long supply of antiretroviral drugs.
Expert management of HIV-TB cases by trained physicians in this field
Diagnosis and management of other opportunistic infections
Care of HIV patients not on ART (Pre-ART care)
Counseling - High quality counseling is given by trained counselor.
- Treatment preparation and Adherence counseling
- Family counseling
Free CD4 testing
In patient admission facility.
ICU care of serious patients.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Linkages with NGO
Research and training in the field of HIV-TB
On-going Research Projects:
A study on effectiveness and feasibility of TB preventive therapy for adults living with HIV in India (NACO approved multi-centric trial)
Randomized controlled trial of efficacy and safety of daily, part daily and thrice weekly intermittent ATT drug regimen in HIV seropositive patients with PTB (NACO approved multi-centric trial)
Cytological profile of peripheral lymph node aspirates and body fluids (pleural/ ascetic) and its correlation with CD4 cell counts in patients of HIV and TB.
Pilot study for isolation and identification of Mycobacterium avium in HIV infected patients.
Molecular epidemiology and genetic characterization of M.tb from HIV sero-negative and seropositive patients.
Agarwal U, Kumar A, Behera D, French M, Price P. Tuberculosis associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in patients infected with HIV: meningitis a potentially life threatening manifestation. AIDS Research and Therapy. (2012), 9:17 doi:10.1186/1742-6405-9-17.
Price P, Haddow LJ , Affandi J, Agarwal U , Easterbrook PJ, Elliott J et al . Plasma levels of Vitamin d in HIV patients initiating antiretroviral therapy do not predict immune restoration disease associated with mycobacterium tuberculosis. AIDS Res and human retroviruses.(2012); 28, 1- 4.
Sumatoh HR, Oliver BJ, Kumar M, Elliott JH, Vonthanak S, Vun MC, Singh S, Agarwal U, Kumar A , Tan HV, Kamarulzaman A, Yunihastuti E, Saraswati H and Price P.. Mycobacterial antibody levels and immune restoration disease in HIV patients treated in South East Asia. Biomarkers Med.(2011); 5(6),847-853.
Agarwal U, Kumar A, Behera D. Profile of HIV Associated Tuberculosis at a Tertiary Institute in Setting of Free Anti-Retroviral Therapy.J. Assc.Phy of India (2009).59,685-690.
Price P, Murdoch
D, Agarwal U, Lewin SR, Elliott JH , French MF. Immune Restoration Diseases
Reflect Diverse Immunopathological Mechanisms. 2009. Clin. Microbiol. Rev.
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