31 Percent Indian Students have Comprehensive Knowledge on AIDS

Wednesday, 30 November 2011, 14:05 Hrs
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New Delhi: Only a third of India''s youth acquainted with adult education programmes have comprehensive knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention while an equal proportion of teachers need to improve their awareness on these issues, a UN study has found.

The survey conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated that only 31 per cent students from schools with adult education programmes (AEP) and 20 per cent non-AEP had comprehensive knowledge about HIV and AIDS.

The students could identify all modes of transmission of HIV, an executive summary of the report ''Concurrent Evaluation of The Adolescence Education Programme 2010-11'' said.

A third of teachers of both types of schools do not have comprehensive knowledge of mode of transmission of HIV virus and pregnancy-related issues and experts pointed out the need "to improve the transaction of knowledge on the issue".

"Knowledge on methods that can prevent both HIV and pregnancy (male and female condoms) is low among students.
There is a lot of scope of improvement in knowledge levels among students in these issues...

"They need to learn more, including the importance of consent driven voluntary HIV testing protocol, right to confidentiality and related issues," the report said.

Source: PTI
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