Experts Warn India Not To Stop Investment in AIDS Awareness

by VR Sreeraman on  December 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM AIDS/HIV News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Experts have warned not to stop investment in AIDS awareness in India but to continue raising awareness to maintain its success.
 Experts Warn India Not To Stop Investment in AIDS Awareness
Experts Warn India Not To Stop Investment in AIDS Awareness
Advertisement

India's fight against HIV/AIDS over the past decade has been a great success surpassing other countries' efforts. UNAIDS statistics show India's rate of new HIV infections fell by more than 50 percent between 2001-2009, the global rate dropped by 25 percent.

Advertisement
UNAIDS country coordinator, Professor Charles Gilks, warned that India should not stop investment in AIDS awareness.

"The worry is that a country like India will prematurely declare victory and think that it can start to reduce the money it is investing in HIV prevention and treatment, and declare a premature victory. If that will happen, the virus will rebound," Gilks said in New Delhi a day ahead of the World AIDS day.

For children infected with the virus, survival is a struggle. Many contracted it from their infected parents.

Many orphanages reject HIV-positive children. Children from families afflicted with HIV are often denied an education, pushed onto the street or forced into child labor, putting them at a greater risk of contracting HIV themselves.

Some doctors refuse to treat or even touch HIV-positive children. Some schools expel or even segregate children because they or their parents are HIV-positive, activists and experts working in the field say.

Activist and Naz founder, Angali Gopalan, who runs an orphanage for HIV/AIDS children in the Indian capital New Delhi, said the biases and prejudices can affect the children deeply.

"You have to ensure that you work at two levels, one is with the school itself, the other is with the kids themselves because you know self-hatred and not feeling good about yourself is so linked to being of, to living with HIV," said Gopalan.

Gopalan said with proper drugs, transmissions can be reduced to zero.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Oral Health And AIDS AIDS/HIV AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features AIDS/HIV - Health Education AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission AIDS / HIV - Treatment AIDS/HIV- Lab Tests and Faqs AIDS - Initial Theories and Disease Progression AIDS/HIV - Worldwide distribution and Risk of Transmission 
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive