The International Candlelight Memorial Day was observed in memory of those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and in support of the 2.75 lakh people living with HIV in the State, at the Congress Bhavan Hall here on Tuesday.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day is a grassroots mobilisation campaign for creating awareness about HIV/AIDS in the world.

Supervisor of District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit Mahabalesh Rao said that there was still stigma attached with HIV/AIDS. People with HIV/AIDS were being discriminated. They should be treated as normal persons. His unit was ready to cooperate with the programmes of all voluntary organisations and the government in this regard, he said.

Deepajyothi Udupi unit president Sanjeeva Poojary said people with HIV/AIDS should come forward and demand facilities which they wanted. The district administration had provided facilities such as free bus pass, ration cards and Antyodaya cards to people with HIV/AIDS in the district, he said.

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