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Informative: Students going through the contents of a poster at the exhibition on HIV at Kilpauk Medical College on Wednesday.
Informative: Students going through the contents of a poster at the exhibition on HIV at Kilpauk Medical College on Wednesday.

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Ten short films to be screened for students and the public

CHENNAI: Eradication of discrimination against HIV-infected persons must be given as much priority as the advocacy of preventive aspects of HIV, speakers stressed at a function here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating an exhibition on HIV at the Kilpauk Medical College, its dean V. Kanagasabai said the hospital had received about 2,700 HIV-positive patients since the inception of the Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) centre in 2005. Of them, 300 were children. About 1,250 patients, including children, are currently being given drugs.

The five-day exhibition being conducted for the first time in KMC has 64 posters and charts providing information on the disease, its symptoms and prevention. Ten short films would also be screened for the public and students from various educational institutions, said Dr. Kanagasabai. Awareness materials would also be given to 40 schools and colleges in the city. A two-day continuing medical programme for staff and student nurses is to be organised as part of the awareness programme, he added.

Some of the patients undergoing treatment at KMC are also trained in vocational skills. Gifts were distributed to HIV-positive children.

S. Noori, president of South India Positive Network, said HIV-affected and infected persons, including children, are often isolated. “I have adopted 40 destitute children with HIV. People must be sensitised towards such children,” she said. A few persons infected with HIV/AIDS shared their experience.

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