12 Jan :National Youth Day was celebrated today 12-01-2009 in Chandigarh on mass scale with the help of Chandigarh AIDS Control Society. Special functions were organized in Colleges & School wherein students were engaged in poster making, slogan writing competitions keeping HIV/AIDS as the theme. Lectures were delivered by the resource persons during these events. For observing this day special functions were organized at the following colleges:
Govt. College for Girls, Sec. 11, Govt. College for Girls, Sec. 42, Govt. College for Men, Sec. 11, Govt. College, Sec. 46, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sec. 26, Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sec. 26, Dev Samaj College of Education, Sec. 36-B, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sec. 45-B,Exhibitions on HIV/AIDS awareness and voluntary blood donations was also put up by the students.
Dr. Vanita Gupta, Project Director, Chandigarh SACS said that free HIV counseling and free HIV testing facility is available in all the ICTCs where anyone can get HIV testing done and confidentiality is maintained in these centres.
On National Youth Day Red Ribbon Club incharges SACS said that adolescence knowledge, believes and behavior related to HIV/AIDS and other sexual transmitted infections (STIs) reveals areas where education efforts may best be focused. Adolscnece is a window of opportunity for changing the course of epidemic.