Free HIV testing camp to be organised for city's youth on Nov 30

Published: 26 November, 2013 07:25 IST | A Correspondent |

To spread awareness among the youth, the district administration is conducting a day-long free HIV testing camp across the city on the eve of World Aids Day, which is observed on December 1.

“The administration would provide the manpower and testing kits to the volunteers of the NGO Sangharsh, who will conduct the screenings free of cost on November 30,” said Deshmukh.

Jangali Maharaj Road, Magarpatta City in Hadapsar, Fergusson College Road and the areas near the IT belt are some of the places that have been selected so far.

Alarming figures
The district administration also informed that from March 2012 to April 2013, the administration had conducted HIV tests on 1,02,423 people (excluding pregnant woman) across the district. From these, 4,628 people had tested positive for HIV, while 241 pregnant woman were HIV positive out of the 30,448 screened for the virus in the district. Deshmukh added that various HIV awareness activities would also be undertaken at the taluka level on December 1, while in the city, workshops and awareness rallies would be held throughout the day. 

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