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India has developed HIV vaccine: Sushma Swaraj

July 26, 2003 19:58 IST

Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday announced that a HIV vaccine has been prepared in the country and its clinical trials were on.

Attending a convention of Parliamentary Forum on HIV/AIDS in Delhi, she hoped that India would be the first country to develop a cure for the deadly disease.

Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani emphasised the need for a four-pronged strategy -- prevention, treatment, education and awareness creation and research -- to counter the disease.

Advani pointed out that HIV/AIDS has devastated families, destabilised communities and shattered national economies with little hope of recovery for decades to come.

"The alarm bell is ringing. The bell is not for waking us up for we in India have already woken up to the challenge of HIV/AIDS," he said, adding the country has been 'forewarned by statistics'.

"It is not enough to spread the message about safe sex. It should a part of a larger message, about a responsible and fair lifestyle," Advani said pointing out that HIV/AIDS was 'essentially a lifestyle disease'.

He said education and awareness creation have to take into account the entire medical, sociological, cultural and economic aspects of the problem.

Advocating more openness to discussing HIV/AIDS and the ways to prevent, control and treat it, Advani said the society needed to empower women with the knowledge of the disease and the right to use it for their own protection.

He deplored attachment of stigma, sometimes bordering on ex-communication, with HIV/AIDS affliction forcing some of them to commit suicide.

This shows the amount of work that is needed at various levels to enable HIV/AIDS patients to live their life with dignity, Advani said.

Hoping that war on HIV/AIDS would become more broad-based with Parliamentarians joining in an organised manner, he asked MLAs and elected representatives at district and panchayat levels also to get involved in the campaign.

With regard to research, the deputy prime minister said it has to be a global effort with the closest possible cooperation among nations.

Noting that AIDS treatment was 'unaffordable' even to middle class families, Advani said the governments and philanthropic organisation.

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Sub: can she not wait

very insane for Mrs.Sushma swaraj to make this statement .I dont mean to be pessimistic in research efforts in making a vaccine,But its better to ...

Posted by sreemali

Sub: Govt Claims Vs Apathy in Health care.

It is indeed great to hear that India maybe the first to find some respite from the dreaded HIV/AIDS infliction. It is also no doubt ...

Posted by Wg.Cdr.Vikramjit Singh(Retd)

Sub: India has developed HIV vaccine.

Its good to hear that India is the first country to come up with a vaccine for AIDS.Makes me proud and shows the coming of ...

Posted by Karthikeyan C

Sub: HIV Vaccine

Its a great news indeed. Let us reassure the possibility of using this vaccine successfully, and then spread the news everywhere in the world through ...

Posted by Bobby

Sub: Congrats to our scientists!!

Congratulations to indian brain. Atlast we are breaking the last check the Almighty has imposed us against promisquity! Is it good for mankind?

Posted by Prasad S. Nair


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