Inspired by the incident at Rivona, wherein a few students were denied admission to a school, Goa college of home science, in collaboration with the Indian council of social science research, organized a two-day national seminar titled 'Moment of truth: Face to face withHIV/AIDS in the college premises'.
Larissa Rodrigues, the organizing secretary of the event, said, "It's been 40 years since the first HIV/AIDS case was discovered, yet people still continue to believe in the myths that surround the disease. Participants from Bihar, Coimbatore, Dharwad, Mumbai, Pune and other parts of the country will share their views on the topic."
Dr Jagdish Cacodkar, president of Indian medical association, Goa, presented a paper on the stigma and discrimination towards people suffering from HIV. He pointed out that more than the disease, the stigma and discrimination of HIV/AIDS spreads the epidemic. He suggested control methods like multi-modal approach from various agencies, legal protection, health education and counseling programs, besides proactive awareness through mass media
Fr. Joseph H. Pereira, Founder Managing Trustee of Kripa Foundation, India, presented a paper of Effective Sex Education- Promoting Healthy Life style. He mentioned how one could lead a normal life by getting oneself educated as to how to lead a healthy sex life through a Holistic approach..This topic was much acknowledged by the all in the auditorium. fr. Joe was also on a panel for discussion.
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