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Call to raise awareness about HIV, AIDS

india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 00:55 IST
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“THE HIV-INFECTED people should not be treated as untouchables. As the HIV is incurable, a lot of stress should be given on its prevention and raising awareness about it,” said commissioner Allahabad division RN Tripathi.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of ‘HIV/AIDS awareness workshop for private practitioners organised by the Allahabad Medical Association in coordination with the Clinton Foundation of India, here on Sunday.

Tripathi said the workshop would help remove various myths about the disease among doctors who were treating the HIV positive patients. By providing the latest information about its diagnosis, treatment and  prevention, the spread of  HIV infection could be controlled, he said.

District coordinator of the workshop Dr GS Sinha said HIV epidemic was spreading among the people. The aim of the training and workshop is to provide updated knowledge on HIV/AIDS  prevention, care and treatment. “All the doctors  must provide the same high standard of medical  care to the HIV positive patients and refer them to government ART Centres for free treatment,” he added.

AMA president Dr AK Bansal said the majority of HIV-infected people belonged to the age group of 15 to 24 years. But most of the people in this age group were unaware of it and keep on transmitting the infection.

“Many social factors are also causing the spread of HIV but the  private physicians can prevent HIV transmission  through education,  STI diagnosis and its treatment, case detection in pregnant women with referral to VCTCs,” he said.

The other speakers including Dr Ashok Agarwal said the private physicians should be aware of the HIV counselling services available at voluntary counseling and testing centres at Kamla Nehru  Memorial  Hospital and Department of Microbiology at MLN Medical  College of Allahabad.

The PPTCT centre for pregnant women in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Medical College and the ART Centre (Anti-Retroviral treatment) at BHU Varanasi, Medical Colleges of Lucknow and Meerut were also conducting HIV testing, counselling and treatment facilities, said the speakers.

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