(MENAFN - Arab News) King saud hospital and the ministry of health launched an aids awareness campaign here on tuesday aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
those present at the three-day event included sami badawood director of the jeddah health department abdulaziz shatree director of the hospital mohammed sayed in charge of infectious diseases and director general of the hospital's aids program doctors and red crescent representatives.
shatree said the program would help save lives. it was the hospital's mission to serve the local community and the country he said.
fatima zahra ansari director of public relations and media said the program includes a medical conference and exhibition to educate the public about patients who have chronic diseases.
ansari also explained that the two-day medical conference would have lectures on precautions and the latest treatment for hiv and aids. there would also be information provided on how to deal with those who are infected.
sayed said that awareness was key. 'today's program is about the importance of testing for hiv those who are more likely to become infected blood donation pre-marital blood tests and blood transfusions. there are two types of tests one which determines whether there are antibodies present for hiv and the other to detect the virus itself" he said.
he said it was now possible to prevent pregnant hiv-positive mothers from passing on the virus to their unborn children. the hospital has saved hundreds of babies from becoming infected with hiv he said.
badawood said awareness was important to prevent the spread of the virus.