Some of the endeavors in this regard include:
This year this seminar is being held in Kuttikkanam, Idukki district, Kerala, from August 19-22, 2010.
IGNOU also has a number of programmes of study that focus on various facets of HIV/AIDS. These programmes are geared towards providing professionally trained and skilled personnel to reinforce interventions in HIV/AIDS. Some of these programmes are:
1. Certificate in HIV and Family Education, (CAFE)
2. Diploma in HIV/AIDS and Family Education (DAFE)
3. Three electives on HIV /Family education & substance abuse
4. Three courses on HIV/AIDS are on offer in BPP Programme
5.. Course on HIV/AIDS: Stigma , discrimination and prevention, on offer in MSW, started in 2008
6. Introduction to HIV/AIDS, Adolescent and Family Education, launched in B.Ed in 2008
7. M.Phil and PhD students of SOSW undertake courses and dissertation on HIV/AIDS
Some of the courses on offer in CAFE and DAFE are 'Basics of HIV/AIDS', Alcohol, Drugs and HIV, Communications and Counseling in HIV followed by project work.
These programmes aim to develop the knowledge and skills needed for effective communication and responsible decision-making behaviour for protecting learners from AIDS.
"They are geared towards promoting behaviours that prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and fostering attitudes and behaviours that will prevent discrimination against those who are infected with HIV/STD," said an official from the university.
IGNOU's Gyan Vani also telecasts interactive radio counseling programme on HIV/AIDS, once a month.
There are an estimated 2.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the country, according to National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).
According to experts, the tragedy of HIV/AIDS in the worst-affected countries of sub-Saharan Africa is likely to repeat itself in India unless appropriate measures are taken in time to counter it.
In the absence of a vaccine for prevention and affordable drugs for treatment, the only way to prevent the spread of this disease is education and behaviour modification.
There is, however, a lot of misconception and misinformation on the subject, along with deep-seated resistance from parents and teachers for providing information on safe sex, the only way to stop AIDS.