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War on HIV Targeting commuters - Express Buzz

BANGALORE: Bus shelters will be the new torch bearers in the campaign against HIV/AIDS, with the Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS) using them to spread awareness on and disseminate information about the disease.

The bus shelters carry messages such as “These simple steps can prevent HIV/AIDS, A:Abstain from pre and extra marital sex, B:Be faithful, C:Use Condom”.

Information is also given in a pictorial format.

Twelve bus shelters in the busiest parts of the city have been selected for the initial phase of the campaign, according to the KSAPS project director, RR Jannu. These include the Indian Express bus stop, the Hebbal Road stop and the St John’s bus stop at Koramangala, the bus shelters at Jayanagar 4th Block, Victoria Hospital, Binny Mills, Chord Road Power House, as well as the one on Mysore Road near the Featherlite Factory, the one in Coles Park near St John’s Road junction, the one at KR Pural Tin Factory, in Banashankari and the Ramaiah College bus stop.

This measure is part of the NACO project to generate awareness about prevention of HIV under the information, education and communication (IEC) department, said Jannu.

The step is much needed as Karnataka ranks third-highest prevalence of HIV in the country, with about 1..31 lakh people living with it, according to the February 2010 data of KSAPS.

The state has an estimated 2.5 lakh HIV positive people, of which more than 42,000 are on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART), the multi-drug therapy that increases the lifespan of people living with HIV.

“We have chosen bus shelters to display the message as everyday a large number of people gather at these places,” said Jannu.

“This is one step that we have taken in the urban sector.

Within a month or two, we plan to come up with dedicated vans to spread the message and conduct the HIV/ AIDS testing in the taluks,” he said.

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