11 August 2010
Head to the Nehru Stadium to get myths on HIV/AIDS dispelled. A three–day youth carnival to create awareness of AIDS was inaugurated by Health Minister M R K Panneerselvam here on Tuesday.
The carnival, comprising sports and cultural programmes, has been organised by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) to get the message of HIV/AIDS prevention across to the youth.
In Tamil Nadu, 30 per cent of those in the age group of 17 to 21 were HIV–positive, Panneerselvam said. He said a main reason for this was the large number of distractions available for teenagers. "If a teenager crosses that particular age group without indulging in any wrong activity, he is safe for a lifetime. But if during that sensitive period, he is distracted from studies and sports, he is spoilt for life," he warned. He encouraged the youth to involve themselves in sports and studies.
Health Secretary V K Subburaj said the youth carnival would provide students with an opportunity to express their ideas on HIV/AIDS in different ways. Events such as volleyball, basketball, football and various competitions to portray one’s artistic skills will be organised at the stadium. Over 1.5 lakh students from across the State are participating in it.
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