3 million Indians have fallen prey to HIV virus: Ms Patel

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Mumbai, Dec 19 (UNI) Three million people in the country have fallen prey to the HIV virus according to Metropolis Health Service Executive Director Ameera Patel.

Speaking to reporters today, Ms Ameera Patel said ''AIDS victims are often subjected to societal humiliation, seclusion and emotional torture due to various biases and ignorance. It is hence imperative to impart knowledge on AIDS before it attains an alarming proportions. We believe in educating the masses about AIDS and the importance of early and accurate diagnosis,'' Metropolis Health Service, a corporate chain of diagnostic centers in association with the Oxford Book Stores, is organising an on-the-spot Inter school quiz contest on AIDS for students aged between 13 to 16 years.

The quiz competition will be held at Oxford Bookstore, here tomorrow. It will be inaugurated by prominent ad-guru and theatre personality, Bharat Dabholkar who will also give away prizes to the winning team.

Speaking on the occasion, Dabholkar said ''I am keen to be associated with such a great concept. I believe that education and awareness should start at a young age, when the mind is more impressionable. This quiz will help break the taboo and encourage young students to become more aware of their surroundings and the choices they have.'' UNI

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