India Intelligence Report

   Measures to Control AIDS on Highways


Analysts believe that better highway facilities could reduce incidence of AIDS among high-risk truck drivers and helpers and that would consequently bring down the number of incidence in non-risky population such as the wives and children of this mobile group. By providing better facilities such as better roads, hygienic food, and other amenities, they feel that drivers and helpers will spend less time in shady joints that promote prostitution.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) are working with select Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to create intervention programs to arrest the spread of the diseases in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The programs include awareness campaigns, targeting risky eateries (known as dhabhas), providing behavior change communication through props, condom promotion, social marketing, distribution of free condoms, and referral to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) clinics and hospitals nearby.

Studies have shown that this 5-million-group is risky because of low literacy levels, awareness of the problem, and being away from families for extended periods of time.

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