Friday, May 6, 2011

Massage parlours under govt scanner

Massage Parlours
The Delhi government is planning to carry out a mapping exercise of massage parlours across the city. Citing reports that found 18% of massage parlours to be dens of risky behaviour and potential hotbeds for the spread of HIV, the government has proposed to National AIDS Control Organisation that an intervention mechanism for massage parlours needs to be formulated.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the State AIDS Council on Thursday. The mapping will be done to assess the knowledge, behaviour, attitude and practices of the workers, clients and owners of 1050 massage parlours and categorize them by assessing the "vulnerability factor".

Delhi is a low HIV prevalence state, with the prevalence in general population being 0.21%. The state is implementing the third phase of National AIDS Control Programme which aims at reducing the number of new infections by 40%. There has been reduction in new HIV infections by 30% since 2007.

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