GUWAHATI, Dec 1 � Encouraging the people to get tested for HIV infection, the Nemcare Hospital organized a HIV/AIDS awareness rally in Guwahati on the occasion of World AIDS Day today.
The healthcare workers participating in the rally asked the people to go for voluntary HIV testing for early intervention and effective treatment of the disease.
�This year, thousands of people will be infected with HIV in India.�Until 2010, there were about 14,000 suspected cases of HIV positive people in Assam. In the State alone, 6,000 cases of HIV positive people have been detected since 1988,� according to the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).
�Thousands of people living with HIV are still unaware about their infection. This year, in recognition of World AIDS Day today, we encourage all citizens of Guwahati to get tested for HIV. The only way to know for sure whether one has been infected with HIV, is to get tested. An infected person can also lead a healthy life, if treatment is started on time,� a statement said.
Many doctors recommend HIV testing for all teens and adults between the ages of 13 to 64 years.
Holding placards and banners and shouting awareness slogans, healthcare workers of the hospital and students of the Nemcare Nursing School marched for more than four kilometres, in an attempt to raise awareness about not only the medical condition, but also against the social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
After the awareness rally, the hospital authorities organized a meeting, where leading doctors stressed the importance of the practice of safety procedures amongst healthcare workers and other personnel in the healthcare sector.