South and South-East Asia is an epicentre of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic; with India estimated to have the largest burden. People suffering from HIV infection face discrimination, stigmatization and denial (DSD). They continue to be burdened by poor care and inadequate services, finding it tough to get their surgical needs addressed. Currently, there’s no cure for HIV/AIDS.
Carrying out surgeries or treatments for HIV positive patients needs certain special facilities, equipment and training to be able to provide the right care while ensuring the safety of the treating team. Further, the safety protocols demand a lot of disposable material and sanitization of OT and all equipment which involves significantly higher costs. Most small and mid-sized hospitals and nursing homes are not equipped with such facilities and therefore, are unable to provide treatment to such patients making it difficult for the patient to get timely and quality treatment.
“Few months ago, when an HIV positive patient inquired with us for a Hernia surgery, we learnt from him the problems he was facing in finding a hospital and doctor who could carry out his surgery without him having to incur significantly higher costs. We were quick to realize that this is a common problem being faced by such patients and developed a network trained staff to handle such cases. We promote minimal invasive methods even more in such cases to ensure higher safety”, says Nikhil Bansal, Founder and CEO, FirstCure Healthcare.
FirstCure Health has created a network of such senior surgeons and hospitals in Delhi NCR which have the trained staff, facilities and equipment to provide quality treatment at reasonable costs to the patients affected by HIV.
Now patients with HIV need not to worry about finding a doctor or hospital where they can get treatments and can simply rely on FirstCure Health for these needs.
FirstCure Health, founded in 2021 by Nikhil Bansal, FirstCure is a multi-specialty healthcare startup that provides and simplifies the surgery experience by bringing together some of the best surgeons, most modern and safe procedures at affordable costs while ensuring that the patient is in safe hands at every step and the experience is hassle free.
The startup offers a range of medical services under one umbrella and specializes in elective procedures in Proctology, Laparoscopy, ENT, Gynecology, Urology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Cosmetology.
After starting with a couple of hospitals and few doctors and specialties in Bhopal in December 2021, by April 2022, FirstCure has over 40 surgeons, 40+ hospitals and clinics catering to 50 different kinds of treatments in entire New Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bhopal.