“A Study of Awareness about HIV/AIDS among Senior Secondary School Children of Nanded district of Maharashtra state From India.”



School children of today are exposed to the risk of being victims of HIV/AIDS - which was quite unknown to their predecessors a few decades ago. The epidemic of HIV/AIDS is now progressing at a rapid pace among young people. Studies have reported that young people form a significant segment of those attending sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics and those infected by HIV.(1) Programme managers and policy makers have often recommended that schools can act at the center point for disseminating information and education on HIV/ AIDS. Hence school education has been described as a social vaccine, and it can serve as a powerful preventive tool. In India, there is a wide gap between the inputs in the HIV/AIDS curriculum for schools and the actual education that is imparted.(2) As children are a valuable resource for the future of a country, it is imperative that they be equipped with ample amount of information so as to protect themselves and their counterparts from falling a prey this still-an-incurable killer disease.

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