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Workshop on HIV/AIDS conducted at Dairy Farm

Port Blair ,

        A workshop was conducted on HIV/AIDS at Community Hall, Dairy Farm on April 3. The programme was conducted under the leadership of Dr. M. Joy, Project Director, ANACS. The awareness campaign among sanitary workers aims to reach out to the people at the last mile for creating awareness on HIV/AIDS and its prevention.  Shri Girish Kumar AD (SPM) briefed the gathering about HIV/AIDS, occurrences, spread, treatment and HIV/AIDS (Prevention & Control) Act, 2017. About 90 participants attended the programme, of which, a large number of them were Sanitary Inspectors and Sanitary Workers from PBMC.
    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an infection that attacks the body's immune system, specifically the white blood cells called CD4 cells. HIV destroys these CD4 cells, weakening a person's immunity against infections such as tuberculosis and some cancers. HIV can be diagnosed using simple and affordable rapid diagnostic tests, as well as self-tests. It is important that HIV testing services follow the 5Cs: Consent, Confidentiality, Counselling, Correct results and Connection with treatment and other services, a press release from ANACS said.