On December 1, World AIDS Day, Discovery Channel will present an hour-long programme called Highway In My Veins: Truckers in India on the life of truckers in India and their growing vulnerability to AIDS.
The programme echoes the role that long distance freight drivers played in spreading AIDS in southern and east Africa in the 1980s. Studies conducted in India, as presented in the programme, reveal that around 80 per cent of truck drivers have multiple sex partners and that the use of condoms is rare. If the virus continues to spread at the present rate, in the next five years an estimated 20 to 25 million Indians will be infected with HIV and AIDS.
Highway In My Veins: Truckers In India airs at 8 p.m. on the Discovery Channel on Friday, December 1 and repeats on Saturday at 9 a.m.
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