Wednesday, July 07, 2004

On BBC World News today, they reported that India may even overtake Africa soon in the number of AIDS cases. In Rajasthan, for example, truck drivers are spreading the disease along the highway routes they drive on.

Just a thought since Indian bloggers as a whole seem to be well-educated: can Indian bloggers start a brainstorming dialogue among themselves about possible ways to curb this disease?

One suggestion is that blood tests be routinely performed within the high-risk area. In the case of the truck drivers, even before the risk of AIDS presents itself, perhaps they should be told that if they become HIV-positive, they will lose their jobs. This may be just the deterrent needed to force them to behave more responsibly, which includes using condoms.

-Rajul Parekh


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