Aishwarya urges pregnant women to get tested
UN Goodwill Ambassador Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has spoken out to encourage expectant mothers to get tested for HIV in a bid to stop the virus spreading to babies and children. Appointed to the role to help combat HIV earlier this year, Aishwarya said: ‘I am honoured to accept this position. Spreading awareness on health issues, especially related to women and children, has always been a priority for me.’
The UN programme for Aids and HIV aims to eliminate new HIV infections in children by 2015 and keep their mothers alive. The campaign focuses on 22 countries including India. Aishwarya is about to embark on a tour of the country where she hopes to educate women on the issue.
She confessed she hopes that it will help women shed their fear of getting testing. She went on to say she hopes to educate women more about the truth about the disease: ‘Though there is no medicine for curing this disease, medical treatment is possible.’