Belgaum heads the list of HIV in the region and hence there is a drastic need to create awareness in the region, said Renuka Shenoy of Prerana Academy, resource person and counsellor of Family Planning Associations of India (FPAI), Belgaum.
She was speaking at an AIDS awareness programme organised by Lingaraj College, Belgaum, in association with the FPAI, Belgaum branch, at the college premises recently. She said lack of proper communication was mainly due to the practice of gender difference.
Renuka said there were some chapters on procreative organs in textbooks, but the students hardly had any knowledge about sex. She elaborately discussed the spread and prevention of HIV.
Renuka said the main cause spreading HIV was unprotected sexual intercourse.
She advised that it was better to be open-minded about sex, and it should be protected.
She stressed on married couples to regularly use condoms.
Sudden loss of weight, rashes on the body, etc., are some of the symptoms of HIV infection, she added.
She said any person could get infected by HIV due to carelessness.
Principal of the college, B K Jagajampi presided over the function. Prof F B Patil welcomed. Ghadkari and Rajashri Goodnavar compered the programme.
Vikas R Kalghatgi, Vice-President, FPAI, Prakash Kalkundrikar, former president of Giants, staff and students were present on the occasion.