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Role of media in prevention of HIV highlighted

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GUNTUR: Media has an important role to play in creating a positive impact on society over issues relating HIV/AIDS prevention, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, R. Jaya Prakash Narayan, has said.

Addressing a district-level media consultation workshop on Tuesday on HIV/AIDS prevention held at ZP conference hall organised by the Centre for Advocacy and Research, APSACS, SHIP and TNP, Mr. Narayana called for publication of more ‘positive' stories which reflected the determination and never-say-die attitude of persons affected with HIV/AIDS syndromes.

ART centres

Additional District Medical and Health Officer P. Uma Devi said at present 9,000 persons had been on anti retroviral therapy (ART) in the district. Many more had not been utilising the facility provided at five ART centres in the district.

Senior journalist Ch. Satish who coordinated the programme explained how media could play an effective role in raising the spirits of those families affected by publishing inspiring stories.

The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO)-111 formulated an action plan to significantly reduce the incidences of HIV/AIDS infections and pledged to work for protecting the rights of those living with HIV/AIDS related problems.

The NACO made it clear that under no circumstance, HIV/AIDS affected persons should be discriminated in public and private sector. No student should be discriminated against and that People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) had every right of privacy.

Media personnel who attended the workshop shared their experiences in covering HIV/AIDS related issues.

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