World Bank conducts seminar on HIV/AIDS

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{image-world bank_15052008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Mumbai, May 15: Over dozens of non-government organisations (NGOs) and institutions from South East Asia participated in a meet here today organised by World Bank to end the discrimination and the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS.

The participants presented a number of proposals and reports to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region that has more than 600,000 PLWHAs (People living with HIV/AIDS) with more than 200,000 fatalities.The participants urged the need to socially accept ''Men having sex with Men (MSM)'' and ''Transgendered People (TG)''.

''MSM/TG are one of the most vulnerable sections to HIV/AIDS, yet the stigma and discrimination makes them a 'hidden population' trapped by denial, misconceptions and lack of factual knowledge,'' stated a report.

The meet also highlighted the need to increase access to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and Community Home Based Care (CHBC) among PLWHA/MSM. Mobilisation of healthcare system, community and media in demystifying the disease and generating awareness on HIV/AIDS were also vital activities in controlling the disease.

The report also proposed that spiritual leaders should involve themselves in the awareness programme because people have respect for spiritual leaders, and the step would be highly effective in spreading health awareness message in the society.

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