The researchers are studying hand lines of HIV patients to see if they have changed in any way or if they look any different from the hand lines of normal and healthy people.
There have already been researches on dermatoglyphics, a study of the patterns of the ridges, whirls of the skin of fingers and palms and its relationship with other diseases.
However, the research on dermatoglyphics and HIV is believed to be the first-of-its-kind in medical science. The researchers are eager to know if there is any relationship between the two as it can help to diagnose and provide a cure to HIV patients.
" We will study palm printouts of 250 HIV patients and 100 palm printouts of healthy people. We'll do a comparative study to find if there are major differences in whirls and ridges of palms so that HIV people can find a cure," said Dr. D K Mathur.
The commissioning of the study has been cautiously welcomed.
"I'm not able to believe that HIV can be diagnosed through hand lines. With my limited knowledge, I'm not able to grasp it. But still I believe that science is much advanced and if the research is able to find any connection between palmistry and HIV, I welcome this," said Brijesh Shukla, Director, Rajasthan Network For People Living With HIV.
In India, the highest HIV prevalence rates are found in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Manipur and Nagaland.