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Thought-provoking

Akila Sivadas’ “A hard-won battle” (December 2) was thought provoking. Most of the people of this modern world need to be on medication in order to protect their lives. When there is no medicine for HIV/AIDS, people should be aware of themselves and their surroundings. The awareness itself can be a medication for all. The government and NGOs should take the initiative to conduct more awareness camps especially among the illiterate people. The government should also pass a law that every person should go for blood check up before his/her marriage. Only then will no innocent person will be affected by HIV/AIDS.

A. George,

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St. Xavier’s College, Thiruvananthapuram

Sumita Thapar’s “Reaching out the hidden element” (December 2) touched me. Today, a sexual revolution is sweeping through India, and to stay immune to it is a big ask. Sex workers can be classified into specific groups: Mobile group (those who have sex in vehicles); the family groups (home makers); those who work in brothels and call girls. College girls out to make pocket money are also in the business. Hence positioning the female condom as a product that can bridge gaps where the male condom is not being used will help tackle the spread of AIDS and STI. Still a powerful question haunts society: Are condoms the only way to tackle this evil? Every person needs to reflect on it.

CH. Maria Prasad,

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St. Xavier’s College, Thiruvananthapuram

No woman wants to be involved in sex work of their own accord but they are forced by their economic condition, family situation and so on. The Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) deserve appreciation for their concern for the welfare of the sex workers. By using the female condoms they can protect themselves from deadly diseases and arrogant men.

Stephen,

Thiruvananthapuram

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