Staff Correspodnent

Udupi: K.S. Prasad Salian, Project Manager, Group for Urban and Rural Development (GUARD), said on Thursday that his organisation was trying to create awareness about safe sex habits among the high risk MSM (men having sex with men) group, especially about AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.

Mr. Salian told presspersons that according to a survey, there were about 678 homosexual men in Udupi district.

Their number was likely to be higher.

Having launched its work in June this year, the GUARD had identified 178 MSM in the district, he said.