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Red Cross to Launch AIDS Awareness Drive

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Pune: The city unit of the Indian Red Cross Society will launch a six–day AIDS awareness campaign mainly targeting the youth on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1.

Addressing a media conference here, R V Kulkarni, honorary secretary of the city unit of the Red Cross, said the drive is part of its HIV/AIDS Youth Peer Education Programme (YPEP). “The programme involves activities like rallies, street plays, lectures, poster exhibitions etc.,” he added.

On December 1, the society will spread its message at the Pune railway station through posters, pamphlets, street plays and Condom demonstrations. “We will also organise a visit of a group of HIV positive individuals to the All India Radio to see the functioning of the organisation,” Kulkarni stated.

An HIV/AIDS awareness session for the inmates of Yerawada jail will be conducted on December 2. On December 3, a fund–raising activity and a programme to raise awareness among college students will be held. A general health check–up camp and street plays on HIV/AIDS are scheduled for December 4 in Jejuri.

The next day, an HIV/AIDS awareness session and a quiz competition will be organised at the Kasturba Gandhi Ashram School for Girls in Saswad. December 6 will see street plays on the stigma and discrimination faced by HIV/AIDS patients at the Swargate and Shivajinagar bus stands. On the same day, a care and support meeting for service providers at the Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre and NGO members will also be held. TNN





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