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The Jharkhand State Aids Control Society (JSACS) will create an HIV awareness programme for medical students at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Tuesday.

B P Chaurasia, additional project director at JSACS, said it was necessary to sensitize medical students as they would later treat patients.

"The director, Tulsi Mahto, himself came with this proposal to sensitize the students at the ongoing Synergy fest. This is the time when students are in a relaxed mood and they can have a healthy and friendly discussion and try to get answers to their queries. There is awareness in the urban area but rural areas also need awareness," said Chaurasia.

"It's these medical students who, later in life, will handle such critical cases. So I chose the fest for this programme and requested JSACS for the same," said Tulsi Mahto.

"Many patients from rural areas come for treatment at RIMS. So if students are aware about the disease, they can help make these people aware of the virus. There is also an Integrated Counselling Test Centre (ICTC) at RIMS where HIV positive patients are treated and counselled," said Chaurasia.and also the patients can get the medicines for the treatment at the Anti Retroviral Therapy ( ART) centre .

An interactive session will be arranged for specific queries.

A blood donation camp will also be organized on the day. We have planned to hold a session where the students will be given all the details about the disease. Then we can have an interaction with the students where their queries will be answered. We have also planned to hold a blood donation camp during this sensitization programme." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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