According to this editorial in the Calcutta's The Telegraph, physicians in India join the general public in not knowing much about AIDS, despite it being a huge problem in that country.
- Political leaders and members of the medical community will have to share the responsibility for the abysmal level of public awareness about HIV in India. Doctors are the source of public knowledge about any disease. Unfortunately, even today, Indian doctors refuse to treat AIDS victims for fear of contamination.
Absence of mandatory continuing medical education is the underlying cause for the lack of awareness about AIDS among many Indian healers. Most of the senior Indian doctors graduated before HIV emerged in its deadly avatar. Unless these doctors are forced to learn about the disease, there is every possibility that patients will continue to suffer due to their ignorance.
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