Debating India
Home page > Public directory > Social and Economical Issues > Public Health > AIDS: 15-49 age group most vulnerable

AIDS: 15-49 age group most vulnerable

Friday 10 February 2006, by DINESH VARMA*M

TANSACS to set up Red Ribbon Clubs in 1,000 colleges; to work with NCC

JPEG - 27.4 kb
The symbol of the Tamil Nadu Aids Control Society

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) will step up its HIV/AIDS prevention campaign among youth as they find data to show that almost 50 per cent of the fresh cases in the State belong to the 15-49 age group.

TANSACS proposes to set up Red Ribbon Clubs (RRCs) in 1,000 colleges and strengthen its liaison with the NCC, which has nearly 8,000 cadets.

The number of youth getting infected is on the rise, says B. Regina Papa, communication strategist, TANSACS.

According to the latest data from sentinel surveillance surveys, the number of HIV-infected cases in the State is 3.30 lakhs and that of AIDS cases 52,000.

Motorcycle expedition

On Thursday, NCC Commodore P. P. Singh flagged off a State-wide motorcycle expedition of 14 cadres, led by S. Santhosh Baboo, TN (1) Armed Squadron of NCC, to spread the message of HIV/AIDS control and prevention. The cadres will travel 2,000 km over the next fortnight, staging street plays, distributing pamphlets and interacting with villagers.

The TANSACS has established 500 RRCs in arts and science colleges. Phase II will cover engineering and polytechnic institutions, and the third phase medicine, law and agriculture institutions.

The RRC units seek to bring about behavioural change, increase risk perception and create peer educators.

TANSACS wants to integrate overall development in its programmes for youth instead of merely confining to HIV/AIDS prevention.

To cover more colleges, the society is looking to partner with the NCC, whose cadres will be peer educators. The TANSACS also runs the School AIDS Education Programme and networks with Nehru Yuva Kendra to target out-of-mainstream-education youth.

See online : The Hindu

SPIP | template | | Site Map | Follow-up of the site's activity RSS 2.0