Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the Government of Kerala decides to make awareness about AIDS mandatory among school students of class 8 to 12.
He added that instructions in this regard had been given to the Education Department, at an official meeting at the Assembly.
"Kerala will be a model in AIDS control," said Chandy. During the last ten years, there has been a drop in the number of AIDS cases to 57% and the spread of HIV from mother to child.
Free treatment at hospitals and anti-retroviral therapy (ART) centres helped in controlling spread of AIDS. At present there were 27,173 HIV patients in the state, he said.
He assured that HIV patients and their children would receive support from the state. A scheme, 'Sneha Poorvam' as been planned to enrol children of HIV patients and they would be given financial help ranging between Rs 350-to Rs 1,000 every month as educational scholarship.