Thursday, September 23, 2010

Inter-faith summit to remove HIV-related myths

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) In a bid to eliminate stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS, religious heads from across the country will take part in a summit, ‘Faith in Action’, to spread awareness and bust myths about the disease.
The summit, slated for Sep 27-28 in Bangalore, aims at providing a platform for interaction and learning among religious leaders to make people aware about the myths and realities associated with HIV.

The inter-faith meet, jointly organised by the Art of Living Foundation and NGOs working for the welfare of HIV positive people, will be attended by over 300 religious leaders of different faiths and people suffering from AIDS and those who are HIV positive.

“Education is the key in spreading awareness, eradicating the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, and in taking concrete steps to help those already infected and affected by the disease. We aim to create a stronger and more humane voice and a conclusive action agenda,” Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said in a statement.

India has nearly 2.5 million HIV positive people.  Read more

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