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Want to learn about safe sex? Visit the barber

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | November 29, 2004 08:00 IST

Concernedabout the rapid spread of AIDS in Andhra Pradesh, the state government is enlisting the support of barbers and religious leaders to spread awareness.

The stateis next only to Maharashtra in the AIDS list and has some 5 lakh HIV-positive citizens.

The AP AIDS Control Society islaunching a programmeon December 1, World AIDS Day,to make 25,000 barbers de facto AIDS counsellors.

Thebarberswill advise their customers on the dangers of AIDS and the importance of safe sex. They will also be used as aconduit for distribution of condoms.

According to AIDS control director K Damayanthi, barbers can prove to be great anti-AIDS messengers as they engage in conversation with their customers on a daily basis.

With people frequenting barber shops at least once in a month,AP authorities thought that it was the best place to spread the message of safe sex.

Apilot project taken up in Hyderabad, in which the AIDS Control Society trained 1,000 barbers, yielded encouraging results, authorities said.

Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy also plans to convene a meeting of religious leaders on December 10 to elicit their cooperation in the AIDS awareness campaign.

The issue will also be discussed in the winter session of the state assembly, which begins on December 7.

Meanwhile, the Core Committee of Legislators Forum on AIDS has recommended the introduction of a one-hour class on AIDS at least once a week in all high schools and colleges in the state.

A lesson on the scourge has been included in the state curriculum.

Core Committee convenor M V Ramana Rao said Guntur district in south coastal Andhra had the most HIV-positive people in the state, followed by Prakasam and Cudappah districts.

Mahbunagar district has lowest number of HIV cases.

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Sub: barber hiv

This is very very essentail program for each and every barber in the A.P. First barber should aware about HIV transmission and Aids. Now a ...

Posted by Ankaiah Chowdary

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hi , nice to see barbers givin a helping hand to protect against AIDS .but one of the causes of AIDS can be barbers themselves ...

Posted by Pranav

Sub: great work

This is indeed a small step towards a giant leap

Posted by bhasker


GREAT WORK DONE ! To spread the prevention of AIDS. This type of job is to be done in POPULATION CONTROL Which is the most ...

Posted by paramjit singh

Sub: A goog initiative by the AP Govt.

A good step taken by the AP Government. Identifying the barbers as a means to educate and remind the masses about the fatal disease and ...

Posted by Akshay



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