50+, and HIV-plus
Those in the 50-plus age group form the second largest chunk of HIV infected persons. But this group is clearly not at the heart of the
AIDS control programme.
CHILDREN WITH AIDS
Special support needed
HIV-positive children in Assam and their families need more than the usual measures of state support for their economic, medical and
Going through with their pregnancies
The risk to the unborn child from an HIV-infected mother is significant, but with advances in science and medical care,
more women are hopeful about choosing to keep the child.
HIV and mental disorders
While those with mental disorders are at increased danger for being infected with HIV, the onset of the virus itself gives rise to a number of mental
OPINION: SEX EDUCATION
From awareness to real change
Kapil Sibal would do well to assess the learnings from two recent and major HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, before "looking into the ban on sex
Using popular culture to mainstream AIDS
In AIDS Sutra, 16 renowned literary figures write about
the AIDS epidemic, and how different communities across the country are grappling with it.
WORKING WITH HIV POSITIVE WOMEN
Surviving a battle they fight every day
In India's business capital, the NGO Sanmitra is helping HIV positive women re-enter the mainstream workforce.
When it comes to HIV, all women are at risk
The expression 'women at risk' can no longer be
used to describe only those engaged in sex work,
Community work making brothels safer
In brothels of West Bengal, there is high awareness of the risk to HIV. Women are not taking any chances.
Their secret status and a risky schooling
HIV-positive children are being thrown out of school in Uttar Pradesh by insensitive
teachers and parents alike. Many parents are afraid to let schools know that their
children are positive, and the state's machinery has failed to raise any
sounds the warning bells.
HIV-AIDS and gender violence
A six-month research study to understand violence against HIV affected women revealed key contours of pre-contractual and post-contractual threats and
risks that women face.
reports on a workshop where the findings were discussed.
Devadasis uniting to end 'dedications'
For decades, girls in northern Karnataka have been 'dedicated' to goddess Yellama and then turned
into sex-workers. Today, determined groups of devadasis of Bagalkot district are bravely stopping
the practice, and doing more, writes
Condom Ads: missed messages
India's attitude to condoms and contraception is worrisome at a time when promiscuity has
a stamp of approval. Condom manufacturers are pitching pleasure enhancement in their
ads, instead of being direct about the protection against AIDS.
The younger side of AIDS
There are an estimated 200,000 children with HIV who are under 15 years old in the country, while some 50,000 to 60,000 children are born with HIV
each year, despite the fact that drugs now exist to immunize such children.
AIDS AND THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
An opportunity to end health care slumber
The HIV epidemic has brought into focus multiple public health issues facing rural India today. In this respect, it presents us with an opportunity
to deal with issues that have been neglected and even been actively ignored for too long, writes
Playing politics with AIDS
The Goan government wants to make HIV testing mandatory for marrying couples. But mandatory testing will drive some people, who are already sceptical
about the health care system, further away from it. It is also unlikely to cause the changes in behaviour necessary to prevent the spread of HIV,
PREVENTION IN SEX WORK
'Yours or mine, either is fine'
In India, paid sex fuels the spread of HIV, its skewed power equation making it impossible for women
to negotiate their own safety. Women in sex work in Mumbai now have an additional means to protect themselves – the female condom.
Sumita Thapar and Akhila Sivadas
STUDY: PREVALENCE DROP
Positive blip on HIV radar
A new Indo-Canadian study has found a one-third decline in new HIV infections in the worst-hit
regions of the country - Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Maharashtra. Researchers
say that prevention efforts seem to be paying off, but warn that the battle is far from over.
Nitin Jugran Bahuguna
EMPLOYEES WITH HIV/AIDS
"We can work. We pose no risk to our co-workers. If you take away our jobs, you will kill us faster than the HIV virus."
People living with HIV/AIDS need to be kept in employment for as long as they can work, and there are practical and
proven steps to make this happen, writes
S. Mohd Afsar.
Combat Law, Issue 5.2
The silence around sex work
Health interventions for sex workers and homosexuals would progress if they were not regarded as criminals, and
accorded dignity and rights, researchers tell the PM.
TAKING STOCK OF A TABOO
Sex education still off the charts
Students must feel comfortable seeking counselling on sex-related issues. Each of their questions, no matter how private, needs to be answered.
Clubbing to combat HIV
In Andhra's Khammam district, awareness clubs are bringing conversations about AIDS into the open, and roping in the
volunteer spirit of young people to hold the line against a potential epidemic.
Wake up call for HIV/AIDS in U.P.
Official statistics are putting Uttar Pradesh firmly as one of India's low prevalence states for HIV/AIDS, even though stories from village after
village show the disease making its way in.
The link between inequitable gender relations and the spread of HIV is setting it apart from other communicable diseases, says
AIDS AND VALUES
The ABC's of fighting AIDS
The main message that is going out to the masses is: use condoms.
The language of this dominant message, however, overlooks the fundamental value that it promotes.
AIDS: Abuses against children rising
A new report finds that children affected by HIV/AIDS in India are
facing discrimination and that otherwise healthy children being exposed to increasing
risks of HIV/AIDS.