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Posted at: Dec 2, 2014, 2:38 AM; last updated: Dec 2, 2014, 2:38 AM (IST)WORLD AIDS DAY

50% patients between 15-20 yrs of age

Camp ORGANISED for truck drivers

  • Young Indians (Yi) in association with SPS Apollo Hospital organised an AIDS awareness camp exclusively for truck drivers at the parking of Transport Nagar. Dr Ashish Ahuja from the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Yi Ludhiana Chair said, “As per the National AIDS Control Organisation’s data of 2011, 0.27 per cent adults are infected with HIV. The purpose of organising the camp was to educate truck drivers about HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.” Dr Gautam Aggarwal of SPS Apollo Hospital interacted with more than 200 truck drivers. He spoke on the use of condoms, disposing of used syringes and refraining from drugs.

Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1

Nearly 50 per cent of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) patients are found to be in the age group of 15-20 years. Parents and peer educators can play a pivotal role in creating awareness among youngsters. 

“A majority of patients testing positive for AIDS are in the age group of 15-20 years. Educational seminars should be conducted to spread awareness among students,” said Dr US Sooch, project officer, AIDS Control.

“Ludhiana district has 1.5 per cent HIV positive patients compared to 2.5 per cent in the state. With the dissemination of knowledge about the disease, the number of patients coming in for tests has increased over the years,” he added.

“Street plays, seminars and forming red ribbon clubs at schools are needed,” said Dr Gurpreet Singh. 

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