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Sex Workers’ Kids Have Poor HIV Awareness

Times of India
06 December 2010
By Umesh Isalkar
Pune, India

A study undertaken by the D Y Patil Medical College, Pimpri, has found that the children of sex workers are relatively well informed about HIV and its spread through unsafe sex. However, the study underlines the fact that the children have very little awareness about the transmission of HIV through other routes like infected syringes, needles etc.

"The environment in which the children of sex workers live exposes them to drug pushers, drug peddlers and the sharing of needles for injecting drugs.These are potential risk factors for the transmission of HIV.

The study assumes significance as the thrust has always been only on creating awareness on avoiding transmission through unprotected sex," said paediatrician Sharad Agarkhedkar, professor and head of the department of paediatrics at the D Y Patil Medical College under whose guidance the study was carried out.

The study, undertaken by paediatrician Sampada Tambolkar and Aishani Shah, a third–year MBBS student was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It was carried out between June and September last year and published in the Australian Medical Journal in June 2010. "The objective of the study was to assess knowledge, attitude and practices of adolescent students of commercial sex workers in relation to HIV/AIDS," said Tambolkar.

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