Indian Government to Focus on Men for Checking AIDS
February 11, 2002
For the first time, New Delhi's government has shifted its attention from women to men in an attempt to curb the spread of AIDS and is trying to devise ways to get more men to visit checkup centers and camps. "Going by the data we received from Delhi hospitals, we have decided to target men more than women as more males seem to be contracting [STDs]," said Delhi State AIDS Control Society (DSACS) Director N.C. Ray. Ray said male doctors have been posted at camps so patients can speak more freely, and camps that previously had closed at 4 p.m. will close at 7 p.m. now. DSACS's Joint Director Dr. N. Bhatia said, "it is a known fact that those suffering from STDs become highly prone to contracting HIV." Cards have been distributed that describe symptoms of STDs and include addresses of the nearest checkup center. City Health Minister A.K. Walia recently said, "The campaign began less than a week ago, but the cards have already made a positive difference."Adapted from:
Times of India
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.