|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Dec 3: Dogra Degree College in collaboration with NSS organized an awareness program on the theme "Rock the Ribbon" reminds to stopping new cases of HIV, Securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV Stigma and discrimination.
The program began with a welcome address by Priyanka Sharma, NSS Programme Officer, Dogra Degree College. NSS Volunteers shared their views regarding AIDS virus origin, factor responsible for causing epidemic and HIV prevention, treatment tools currently available in order to cure HIV epidemic from the society and they also gave awareness to the students about AIDS, a global epidemic.
Despite some progress noted in the reduction of new infections among children, awareness remains a concern as an increase, in new infections especially among young people and adults in certain parts of world is still being noticed, thus justifying the special consideration which should be given to on-going HIV prevention efforts for an accelerated response to end AIDS by 2030.
The participants gave speeches on the situation of AIDS especially among young girls and women. This situation is aggravated by a variety of factors which must be urgently addressed to reverse these trends. These include, in particular, lack of access for adolescents to HIV-related prevention, care and treatment services, inadequate healthcare service delivery, persistence of gender inequalities and gender-based violence, lack of decision-making power, and stigma.
NSS volunteers also shared about the overall data of disease burden in India and the rate of HIV in body fluids, the mode of transmission, its incubation period, HIV infection and antibody response risk avoidance and risk reduction approaches to combat with HIV virus. An activity on crafting a red ribbon batch was conducted by the students of Government Higher Secondary School, Smailpur under the supervision of NSS volunteers of Dogra Degree College.
This event was attended by students and all the staff members of Government Higher Secondary School, Smailpur. Mr. Sanjeev Sharma, Vice Principal, GHSS, Smailpur corporated a lot for the success of this event. The program ended with the vote of thanks presented by Ms. Aditi Khajuria, Lecturer, DDC.