AIDS awareness groups claim a rise in requests for talks at schools demonstrates greater willingness to address the disease. ''There definitely has been, in the past two to three months, more schools requesting talks on HIV and AIDS,'' said Ms Lisa Ross, executive administrator for AIDS Concern. Requested for both students and faculty, talks are being given by AIDS Concern at schools at the rate of about one a week, up from one every month, Ms Ross said. Dr Andrew Wang Wei-hung, chairman of the Hongkong AIDS Foundation's education committee, said there had been more requests for talks. The AIDS Foundation reported it had scheduled 70 talks for secondary schools from the start of this year until July. ''The number of talks requested shows clearly that Hongkong people are getting more and more aware of the problem,'' said Dr Wang. The Hongkong AIDS Foundation will hold a seminar for secondary school guidance masters in July. The seminar, co-sponsored by the Education Department and the Hongkong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, will encourage educators to promote a supportive attitude towards students with HIV or AIDS. Concern over HIV students came to the fore last year when a 12-year-old boy, nicknamed Ming Tsai, was barred from his Sha Tin school because he was carrying the AIDS virus. Under an agreement reached between the Education Department and Ming Tsai's parents, the boy now attends another school but for only two hours a week, according Ms Ross. ''All the Education Department offered was two hours a week in this other school,'' she said, adding that AIDS Concern did not consider the offer acceptable. It was reported in December that 26 students in the territory were believed to be HIV positive.