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hnologies to prevent HIV/AIDS, which includes the development of vaccines and microbicides to halt the epidemic.

The challenge in front of us can be tackled well, if there is unflinching financial support for research and development of the AIDS vaccine and microbicides. There is an evident chasm in the funding for vaccines and microbicides, estimated at a whopping figure of $500m annually. This deficit can be compensated if all the global players combine their collective forces, to bridge the gap.

Importantly, the perceptible impediments to AIDS prevention, in the form of reluctance to participation in clinical trials, can be suitably addressed if there are enough centers to enable counseling, testing and treatment measures, to dispel any underlying fears of treatment. It is also imperative to mobilize political support from both developing and developed countries, and the scientific community, in expediting the development of AIDS vaccines and microbicides, which will help allay the suffering to millions of lives.

India Adopts the 'Straight-Jacket' Approach

In India, more than 50 percent of the AIDS cases belong to rural India, of which 40% of the victims happen to be women. The AIDS campaign in India has fine tuned its strategy from the previous ABC campaign - 'Abstinence, Behavior changes and Condom' to the present, CCC, which is simply 'Condom, condom and condom'. Nearly 11,000 condom vending machines have been installed nation-wide, making the condom a household item.

The government is also gearing up to enable free treatment to 1,00,000 HIV/AIDS positive people and to realize this, 101 anti-retroviral treatment centers have been instituted. Efforts have been made to solicit the support from corporate services to partner prevention programmes and to improve R&D in evolving better treatment measures for HIV/AIDS. A law to check stigma and discrimination at workplaces is also on the anvil. '"/>




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