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Red Ribbon Express in Bangalore

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It will remain at Cantonment Railway Station till this evening

COLOURFUL GREETING:Yakshagana artistes arriving at the Cantonment Railway Station to welcome the Red Ribbon Express.— PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.
COLOURFUL GREETING:Yakshagana artistes arriving at the Cantonment Railway Station to welcome the Red Ribbon Express.— PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.

The third edition of Red Ribbon Express, which started its journey from New Delhi on January 12, arrived in Bangalore on Monday after travelling through 40,000 villages and 162 railway stations in 23 States.

The Red Ribbon Express was welcomed by Shivajinagar MLA R. Roshan Baig, Health and Family Welfare Department Commissioner B.S. Ramprasad, National Aids Control Organisation Joint Director Shyam Prasad, Bescom Managing Director P. Manivannan, National Rural Health Mission Managing Director Selva Kumar, Bangalore Urban District Deputy Commissioner M.K. Aiyappa and film actors Jaggesh and Neetu at the Cantonment Railway Station.

Stating that sex education plays an important role in spreading awareness about AIDS, Mr. Jaggesh said: “In India, sex education is not taken seriously. HIV has spread due to lack of awareness.” Ms. Neetu said: “Youngsters today are very vulnerable and need to get rid of their casual, devil-may-care attitude. They need to be aware.”

HIV testing facility is available on board the Red Ribbon Express. Divya A.S., the doctor managing the facility, said,” “Twenty-three people tested themselves at the event today of whom two tested positive.”

The objective

The main objective of the Red Ribbon Express, first launched on the World AIDS Day in 2007, is to provide information, education and counselling. It will remain at the Cantonment Railway Station till Tuesday evening and the public can go around its three exhibition coaches.

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