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Debates

Sex education: need acknowledged, programme ignored

With 34% of all HIV cases occurring in the 15-24 age group, imparting sexuality education to adolescents could be crucial for containing HIV/AIDS. But in India, where sexual taboos are strong, neither teachers nor parents are happy discussing the facts about sexuality with youngsters, writes Shabnam ...

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Media

From candid camera to condemned

The use of a picture of a healthy mother and child in an HIV/AIDS campaign triggered a reaction that undid much of the good work the campaign was trying to achieve. The case should act as a wake up call for those working in sensitive areas where stigma and discrimination are still very strong, says R...

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Books & Reports

The tragedies and triumphs of living with HIV/AIDS

Some experiences of HIV-positive people are horribly negative – young children abandoned by families, old men left to die on rubbish heaps – but thanks to better treatment options and public information, there are also stories of lives lived fruitfully and with courage. Shabnam Minwalla reviews three ...

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Response

Ethics in human resource management

Healthcare providers for people with HIV/AIDS are faced with the dual burden of the physical and the emotional risks of providing care. The physical risk is addressed to some extent by post exposure prophylaxis. But the emotional risk is largely left to the individual and there is little by way of i...

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HIV & Human Rights

If the patients decide not to tell what can we do?

Partner notification is an important component of HIV counseling. However, counsellors are often frustrated by the reluctance of HIV-positive patients to voluntarily notify their sexual partners. Barnabas N Njozing , Kerstin E Edin , Miguel San Sebastian and Anna-Karin Hurtig report on interviews with T...

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Vulnerable Groups

Children and women with HIV face destitution and violence

Fifteen per cent of India’s 2.5 million HIV-positive are children. That’s 375,000 children, with 50,000 being born infected or becoming infected each year. The government has woken up to the tragedy and held a series of public hearings across the country recently. Sandhya Srinivasan spoke to R Meera w...

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Treatment

When should HIV treatment start?

Scientific evidence is mounting for ART to be started at an earlier stage than currently recommended by WHO/NACO. But for healthcare systems in the developing world already struggling to meet existing demands, is this a viable option, asks Ajithkumar K

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