Several events mark World Aids Day

Several events mark World Aids Day

Awareness campaigns, rallies and interactive sessions marked the World Aids Day in the city on Monday.

Speaking at an event, organised at K C General Hospital, Resident Medical Officer Dr Manjunath said that the ART centres had undergone a lot of positive changes over the years.

“Unlike earlier days, we do not hesitate to operate on HIV patients. The hospital has treated 64 HIV patients so far,” he added.

Emphasising the need to screen patients for additional infections, Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr G M Vamadev pointed out that it was essential to screen all HIV cases for tuberculosis as they were closely associated.

A rally was organised by Nursing students at Paapareddypalya near Nagarabhavi to spread awareness about HIV Aids. It is estimated that the State has 2.5 lakh HIV-infected patients.

To prevent increase in the number of cases, Integrated Counseling and Testing Centres (ICTC) have been set up across the State. In Bengaluru, there are 45 ICTCs and two mobile units. Besides, there are 18 centres in various hospitals run under the public-private partnership.
DH News Service

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