Mangalore, Sep 15, 2014 : In a programme was organised as per the directions of Project Director of Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society with the objective of creating awareness among jail inmates about HIV/AIDS. District AIDS Prevention Officer Dr Kishor Kumar M. speaking at the programme on HIV/AIDS, organised by the department of prisons in association with KSAPS, at district prison here on September 14 said, all HIV positive people are not AIDS patients and the HIV patients can lead a happy life, with medication and control. Dr Kishor further said that AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection when the infected person develops zero resistance power. At a point of time, the immunity of a HIV infected person will decrease all of a sudden and it may take eight to 10 years for HIV to damage the immune system. The detection of HIV could be done only after six months of being infected.
Among the cases of HIV, 90 per cent are due to unprotected sex. Receiving blood from infected person, sharing contaminated syringes and needles or from pregnant mother to child.
When it comes to unprotected sex, it is not only through male to female contact but also through male to male contact which has high danger levels of HIV infection through anal sex and oral sex. Sex workers, migrants, homosexuals, drug addicts and truck /lorry drivers are most vulnerable to HIV infection. HIV is on rise among youth as they experiment with unprotected sex, after they watch the internet and so on, he said.
If fever, diarrhea, skin diseases and mouth ulcers persist for months, it is better to have the HIV test done, Dr Kishor said and added that 60 per cent of HIV patients are prone to TB.
District Prison Superintendent B Suresh said that there is good awareness on HIV /AIDS compared to the past. But in these days, HIV is spreading fast among youth. He added that with the coordination of health department, HIV tests will be conducted for jail inmates in future. queries were clarified by officials during a brief interaction.