The fear of contracting the disease combined with negative feelings, people have contributed towards the stigma that is associated with HIV/ AIDS. What makes it worse is the social taboo that is associated with the disease often forcing patients to keep the disease hidden from others. But, these patients also need support and care. So, to help them to find suitable match, National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has initiated a campaign.
For the first time, in the five cities, a mass gathering will be organised for the aids patients. People affected with aids can participate in the mass gathering in cities like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa, to find a suitable match for themselves. The gathering will take place in Pune or Nashik on December 10. More than 200 men and women from Maharashtra have registered till now. The last date of registration is December 5.
Spekaing to My Medical Mantra, Vijay Bhende, project head, Vihan, said, “The National AIDS Control Organisation under Vihan project is taking efforts to help HIV/ AIDS to find a suitable match. The gathering is organised every year. But, this year, for the first time, five states have come together and the gathering has been organised on the national level.”
HIV/ AIDS affected patients from five states willing to get married will come together on 10th December. Apart from this, they will not fees charged to them. However, men will have to pay Rs 251 while registering.
Sreekala Acharya, president, Mumbai District AIDS Control Society said, “No one is ready to marry AIDS affected people. There is a fear in the minds of people that a child born to such a person will become HIV infected. The gathering has been arranged to help them find a suitable match.”
In the year 2015, the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society had organised a gathering for the people in the city with AIDS.