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AIDS awareness: Haryana to get blood component separation units

To check the spread of AIDS,the Haryana AIDS Control Society will establish two blood component separation units at Hisar and Faridabad during the current financial year.

To check the spread of AIDS,the Haryana AIDS Control Society will establish two blood component separation units at Hisar and Faridabad during the current financial year.

A spokesman of the society said the blood bank at PGIMS,Rohtak,would be upgraded as a model blood bank,besides establishing two blood banks at Jhajjar and Fatehabad.

The society has taken a number of steps to create AIDS awareness among the masses,particularly the youth. Under the target intervention programme,various NGOs worked in high-risk behaviour population,including men having sex with men (MSM),female sex workers,drug users,truckers and migrants.

These NGOs sought to effect behavioural changes in this high-risk population by promoting the use of condoms,disposable syringes and other such measures.

An Anti-Retroviral Centre (ART) has been set up in PGIMS,Rohtak,and CD4 Count machine have been established at this centre.

As many as 1,515 patients have been put on ART treatment,out of the total 3,227 patients enrolled at this centre. A link ART Centre would also be established in Bhiwani soon.

A community care centre (CCC),which was established at Yamunanagar and later shifted to Rohtak,has a 10-bed facility for HIV-positive patients.

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The spokesman said two drop-in centres have been established at Gurgaon and Hisar,where HIV-positive people gather to discuss their problems.