AIDS has become the greatest challenge for our generation. Ignorance and prejudice are fuelling the spread of a preventable disease. There are over 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.
In an effort to dispel the ignorance and prejudice and sensitize the society about AIDS, Amity Humanity Foundation- the social renaissance engine of Amity observed World AIDS Day 2007 at Amity International School, Pushp Vihar.
Talking about the stigma attached to AIDS, Maj. Gen.(Dr.) Surinder Kumar - Vice President, Amity Humanity Foundation said that no other word engenders as much fear, revulsion, despair and utter helplessness as AIDS. Despite increased AIDS awareness, the terror persists. People need to be considerate and caring towards their fellow beings who are HIV positive. They should not be castigated or looked down upon by society. Outlining the several possible reasons of getting infected with HIV virus he said that HIV is transmitted primarily by sex, by injections (sharing contaminated needles for drug use or accidental piercing with a contaminated needle), or from infected mother to child through pregnancy or breast-feeding. He further said that HIV infection is not the end of life. People can lead a healthy life for a long time with appropriate medical care which is easily available in medical colleges, district hospitals and non-profit charitable institutions.He called upon people to get themselves checked and diagnosed every year to rule out the possibility of any unwanted infection or disease in body.
HIV positive people from different walks of life includingMs. Celina- Indian Network of Positive people, Mr. Naveen and Ms. Bhagwati from Delhi Network of Positive People shared their personal experiences with the gathering. They revealed how they contacted the virus; how they come to terms with it and how they are living happily with it endeavoring to bring smile in the lives of other affected people.
A short film "Parikshit: the tested one" made by Amity Humanity Foundation and supported by UNICEF and Shanti Ashram, Coimbatore was screened . The film conveys a message to all those women who are pregnant and diagnosed with HIV. The film brought home the fact that whenever a lady is pregnant she should get herself HIV tested so that the transmission of the virus from mother to the child can be averted. The counseling by a doctor is an eye- opener and of immense help to all those couples who are facing the similar situation in real life.
A theatre group "AQRA" made the dramatic performance "Taking the Lead" which highlighted the vital facts about AIDS to ward off the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS in the world today.