Tibetans Mark World AIDS Day in Dharamsala


December 1, 2009 4:52 pm

Tibetans Mark World AIDS Day in Dharamsala Tuesday, 1 December 2009, 4:07 p.m.


Using condom during sex and getting medical checkup for infection are key to prevent HIV/AIDS

 
 CTA’s Acting Health Secretary Sonam Choephel Shosur addressing the World AIDS Day in Dharamsala on 1 December 2009

Dharamsala: Tibetans
in Dharamsala today organised painting competition and marathon to
educate people about the HIV/AIDS and promote awareness to continue the
fight against the disease. 1 December is celebrated as the World AIDS
Day. Today’s awareness programme was jointly organised by the
department of health of the Central Tibetan Administration and Choice,
a Dharamsala-based NGO involved in educating the Tibetan community in
exile in combating HIV/AIDS. Health Kalon Paljor Tsering
issued a statement which focuses on different ways through which the
HIV infection spreads and some of the key preventive measures.
To prevent acquiring the infected virus through blood transmission
during emergency cases, one should try to get blood from uninfected
persons or get the donor checked, Kalon Paljor Tsering said. He underlined the need to stop sharing needles or syringes used by drug addicts. He reiterated that the one of the major cause of HIV/AIDS is sex without a condom with someone living with HIV.  He emphasised the need to use condom during sex or to avoid sex with unknown persons. A HIV/AIDS infected individual has the moral responsibility not to pass on the infection to others, he said.
This year’s World AIDS Day theme of ‘Universal Access and Human
Rights’, highlights the critical link between universal access to HIV
prevention, treatment, care and support and respect for human rights in
the response to the global AIDS epidemic. Without addressing human
rights abuses, many of the populations most vulnerable to or living
with HIV will lack access to prevention and treatment services.
Kalon Paljor Tsering urged the HIV/AIDS infected persons to get regular
medicines through the Tibetan health centres to check the disease from
getting worse and prevent deterioration of physical health. He spoke on the effectiveness of the Tibetan medicines in combating the HIV/AIDS.

2009 Miss Tibet Tenzin Choezom flags off a marathon race on the world AIDS day. Local Indians took part in the competition.
 

In his
address, acting health secretary Sonam Choephel Shosur said the cases
of HIV/AIDS in the Tibetan community is very low, adding that this
should not let Tibetans feel complacent and called for renewed
awareness to prevent the epidemic. Tenzin Choezom, Miss Tibet 2009, as the special guest emphasised to stop discrimination against people living with HIV.

The World Health Organisation yesterday issued new guidance advising
doctors to start giving patients AIDS drugs a year or two earlier than
usual. The advice could double the number of people worldwide who
qualify for treatment, adding an extra 3 to 5 million patients to the 5
million already awaiting AIDS drugs.