Sia , the backbone of Streamline Agencies Pvt. Ltd. lost her job because she was HIV positive. Similarly, Suri, the national swimming champion was alienated by his family as well as society just because he had AIDS (true stories taken from movies Phir Milenge and My Brother Nikhil). On the other part of the society, Meena, a poor village girl was beaten to death for the same reason. But what were their faults? Is it correct to act inhuman against such helpless ailing people?
In support Revathy, the social activist and film director says” why to blame only the rural people, when educated urban people act blind towards this social crisis”.
Thus, to create awareness against this shocking revelation, it is important to observe WORLD AIDS DAY.
AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome), a deadly disease which disrupts the human civilization by attacking and destroying their immunity, is spread by a retrovirus HIV (Human Immuno Deficiency Virus). Science believes that “Nothing is impossible.” What an irony! AIDS still remains incurable. This virus alters its basic DNA structure at every stage of its growth thus making medication even more difficult.
So, it is up to us to be their support until science can find a way out of this crisis.
In reality, they are in more need of protection and care than us, as even the mildest of infections can prove fatal to them. Hence we must not emphasize on worthless untouchability issues towards these unfortunates, but make efforts in improving their conditions.
Being the future of our country, we the youth of microbiology club of GCC, observed Worlds AIDS Day on December 1st 2008, a small step towards a new beginning.
The M Sc. Freshers cut out AIDS symbols and distributed them within the college and outside to spread awareness about this rapidly spreading disease. Banners and charts with detailed information on AIDS were prepared and displayed on the Microbiology wall(AGNOSCO)
A quick glance at the banners show-
• AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease.
• It can also be transmitted through unsterilised used syringe.
• It does not spread hand to hand.
• Latest reviews show that a medicine has been found, but it is still at experimental level, giving new hope of survival.
Thus we need more youth to come forward and work to eradicate such social prejudices.
Rasmi Neogi and Moumita Sanyal
Editorial team—Sukshma Srishti