HIV / AIDS awareness conference held at the University of Mangalore

Press release

Mangaluru, December 19: The HIV / AIDS Awareness Program was hosted by the PG Social Work Studies and Research Department of the University of Mangalore on December 17, 2021. The objective of the program was to educate students about the issues and concerns. encountered by sex workers, LGBT, transgender and transsexual.

The guest of the program was Harish A, project manager at the Hindu Kusht Nivaran Sangh. Speaking on the occasion, he mentioned the negative image of the society of sex workers, LGBT, transgender and transgendered people, is a reflection of our longstanding opposition to the morality involved in trade. sex ”. He also highlighted the role of the National AIDS Control Program, the causes of HIV / AIDS and the problems of sex workers.

The highlight of the program was an interaction between the students and two sex workers, who explained how they got into the sex trade, the dilemma they faced in integrating with their family members and how they wanted to get into business when they faced a lack of dignity and lived in an inhuman condition. Ms. Honey, a third sex, shared her experience as a transexual. She explained how she was rejected by her family members and her desire to join the police. She was well educated herself and had obtained her bachelor’s degree in education. The students discussed their expectations with her and tried to understand what it was like to live in a community challenged by society.

Professor PG Aquinas, professor and chair of the social work department chaired the program. In his presidential remarks, Professor Aquinas said that “we could all lead respectful lives if we change our approach to life and the way we look at people.” He urged the students to develop a sense of compassion and to treat all humans as human beings without having to discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual preferences, age, color and social status.

Dr Yashaswini B, Assistant Professor, University of Mangalore, introduced the resource person and panelist. Student Santhosh P hosted the rally, Vijay moderated the program, and Santhosh GB gave a vote of thanks.

Besides social work students and academics, students from Kannada Department, CJD Department and History Department also participated

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