Staff Correspondent

Udupi: District Health and Family Welfare Officer M.R. Nayak said on Tuesday that it was necessary to create awareness about HIV/AIDS among the youth.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Checking the spread of HIV/AIDS”, organised by the Department of Information, Government Industrial Training Institute, Rotary Club, and Rotract Club, here.

Dr. Nayak said that it was necessary for the youth to take preventive measures to check the spread of HIV/AIDS. They should not indulge in unprotected sex. As many as 41 pregnant women in Udupi district were found to have contracted AIDS in 2008-09, he said. District Nodal AIDS Officer H. Ashok said that between 2003 and March 2009, as many as 4,318 people had tested positive for HIV in the district. In January this year, four pregnant women and 91 others tested positive. In February this year, three pregnant women and 60 people tested positive for HIV, he said.