In a shift from its years old policy of advocating abstinence-be faithful-use condoms (ABC) to keep AIDS at bay, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) is now all set to preach morality, asking people to stay away from extramarital and premarital sex.
The move comes after a meeting of the organisation with Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan last week where he reportedly urged the department to infuse some moral lessons in its campaign to create awareness about the disease.
“The minister feels there should be a moral component to creating awareness. For example, in injectible drug users we have traditionally provided them with injectors but not talked about the need to stay off drugs. NACO has always talked about the need to be faithful, to stick to a single partner, in the battle against AIDS. In our upcoming messages, we will also talk about the need to stay away from premarital or extramarital sex. There is no harm in strengthening the moral fabric of society,” Dr V K Subburaj, Secretary of the Department of AIDS Control, told The Indian Express.
He said this would not mean any less emphasis on measures like condom dispensation or distribution of injectors as these are targeted more towards high-risk groups like commercial sex workers and injectible drug users.
Harsh Vardhan has been quoted in a New York Times blog as having said that in concentrating on the condom aspect, the AIDS control programme had sent a “wrong” message that illicit relationships are alright provided protection is used. In a clarification issued from the US, the minister Wednesday denied discounting the role of condoms in AIDS prevention.
- Soon You Could Get Plastic Currency Notes: Find Out More
- Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor Starrer Befikre Gets A Thumbs Up
- Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Response Over Various Issues Regarding Demonetisation
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Writes To West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
- Bigg Boss 10 December 8 Review: Swami Om Feels Cheated, lashes Out At Gaurav For Jail Punishment
- South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Impeached Over Corruption Scandal
- Former Air Chief SP Tyagi Arrested In VVIP Chopper Scam
- After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya’s Twitter Account Hacked
- Find Out What PM Narendra Modi Told Cabinet Over Demonetisation Decision
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh Assures Safety Of All Tourists Stranded On Havelock Island
- Government To Waive Service Tax On Debit, Credit Card Transactions Of Up To Rs 2,000
- President Pranab Mukherjee Criticises Parliament Disruptions Over Demonetisation
- Pakistan International Airlines Flight Carrying Over 40 Passenger On Board Crashes
- Shah Rukh Khan On Raees Clash With Kaabil: It’s Impossible To Have A Solo Release In India
- US-President Elect Donald Trump Named TIME’s Person Of The Year 2016
“Marital fidelity is the best insurance — state has a duty to reiterate this fact. My statement on informing people on the supremacy of fidelity as an AIDS prevention measure is not only a piece of cultural advice but also a scientific one. So as minister of health I find it justified to include this simple message in the communication strategy of the government’s anti-AIDS programmes. Condoms promise safe sex, but the safest sex is through faithfulness to one’s partner. Prevention is always better than cure,” Harsh Vardhan said.
Subburaj said it was a casual comment made by the minister that had been blown out of proportion.