Today is World AIDS Day, and Bollywood actress and UNAIDS goodwill
ambassador Preity Zinta is not staying idle or shooting films. In
face, she is doing all she could to stop the spread of the pandemic
by creating awareness.
“On World Aids Day, I want to appeal to you all today not to
fear HIV. Just be safe, use protection and do not stigmatize people
living with HIV," Preity wrote on her Twitter page.
The actress is particularly upset on the transmission of HIV
from mother to children, as she thinks it could be stopped.
“Mother-2-child transmission of HIV really upsets me. We should be
able to protect every child from HIV! Less ignorance & more
awareness is needed!," she said.
The actress also went on to say that AIDS is treatable and that
over three lakh Indians are receiving free treatment. She pleaded
the public not to discriminate the HIV patients.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, or UNAIDS
reported that about 33.3 million people were infected with HIV,
including 2.5 million children, in 2009. The UN also reported that
India has about 2.3 million people infected with HIV.