Concern over spread of HIV/AIDS|
By Our Staff Reporter
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Sept. 25. A
symposium here on Wednesday has expressed concern over the rising
incidence of HIV/AIDS in Asian countries. It called for implementing
preventive measures and creating awareness about the modes of
transmission of the disease.
The symposium on the topic, `The
best of current evidence on managing HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted
infections', was held under the joint auspices of the State AIDS Control
Society and the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences.
Barry Peters, Head of the
Department of the Genitourinary Medicine and HIV unit, U.K., pointed out
that the incidence of HIV and AIDS was increasing alarmingly in Asian
countries as opposed to the decline of AIDS cases in the African region.
According to him, the number of
HIV/AIDS cases had come down in African countries due to the
precautionary measures and the awareness campaigns launched by the
Developed countries had achieved
significant progress in reducing the number of AIDS cases. Moreover,
AIDS patients in developed countries were able to lead normal lives,
whereas in India the victims led a highly stigmatised existence, Dr.
Peters said. Harmione Lyall, consultant paediatrician specialising in
infectious disease, St. Mary's Hospital, London, emphasised the growing
importance of managing HIV infection from mother to child. Prasanna
Kumar, Additional Director, Health Services and Programme Officer, AIDS
Control Society, said an emerging area of concern in the State was the
increase in the transmission of AIDS from pregnant mothers to children.
According to current estimates, there are around one-lakh AIDS patients
in the State, he pointed out.