While the whole world sees a glimmer of hope for the HIV cure after a second HIV positive patient was cured of the deadly virus, this educational debauchery happens. What makes it even more shocking is that fact that Kerala which boasts as having one of the highest literacy rates is feeding their future/ students a very misconstrued fact regarding the HIV virus/disease.
This information according to India Today is published on the Class X Biology textbook published by State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT). In it, it describes the multiple ways by which the disease spreads. One of the reasons mentioned is 'through premarital/ extramarital sexual contact'.
This informational blunder came to light when News Minute reported that Dr Arun from Kerala's Palakkad district shared the picture of the page from the textbook which contained this piece of misinformation. After this piece hit the eyes of the public speaking debate, Nishi, the research officer of the SCERT was reported this “we have identified the mistake and have taken measures to make the necessary changes in the upcoming academic year which begins from June 2019 onwards.”
According to Directorate of Public Instruction, the revised edition of the textbook was introduced during the 2015-16 academic year. It is also reported that the textbook was declared by a committee of school teachers and experts and not the present team.