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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 books that tell these stories

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Overstating the case for blood-borne transmission

There is a definite case for curtailing the spread of blood-borne HIV by medical practitioners and bringing the prevalence of this iatrogenic spread of HIV to zero. But the authors are overstating the case when there is no need to do so, says Dr Anant Phadke

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Ensuring equity in access to ART

A national consultation organised by the Indian Network for People living with HIV/AIDS yielded five reports on various aspects of access to antiretroviral drugs by marginalised groups

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Report of the Commission on AIDS in Asia

A comprehensive study of the AIDS epidemic in Asian countries, what drives it, who is most at risk, how intervention programmes must be designed and resources allocated.

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Study assesses Indian response to male circumcision

This small study carried out in Mysore found that 81% of mothers polled were agreeable to having their male children circumcised.

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Monitoring HIV/AIDS treatment for children

By 2010, at least 80% of pregnant women globally who need it should get PMTCT treatment, and 80% of children who need it should be on ART. This report assesses what progress has been made in this direction

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The long climb to universal access

A WHO Progress Report on HIV/AIDS finds that the price for second-line treatment is unaffordable, that the vast majority of pregnant women in need of PMTCT services are not receiving them, and that the global coverage of HIV testing and counselling remains unsatisfactorily low.

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Gaps in the ART programme

A critique of the ART programme through a scrutiny of the working of the programme and interviews with positive people.

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Why second-line ARV treatment is essential

The paper, commissioned by Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, argues vigorously for the introduction of an affordable second line ART regimen in India and makes recommendations for the programme’s effective functioning.

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NACO spends less than half its funds: CAG

A recent audit of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) by the country's Comptroller and Auditor General uncovers serious gaps in the performance and attitudes of both the organisation and the Indian health ministry.

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'Silence about AIDS is death'

By Lalitha Sridhar

The World AIDS Campaign this year focuses on combating HIV-related stigma and discrimination. A recent ILO study covering Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi and Manipur revealed just how extensive discrimination against the affected and infected is

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Treating 3 million AIDS patients by 2005 a challenge: report

Though hundreds of thousands of poor AIDS patients in the developing world are now on life-saving anti-retroviral drugs, the majority of the 3 million people targeted by the WHO initiative have not yet been reached. With only a year to go for the programme’s deadline, obstacles to the global AIDS treatment effort remain.

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15 million and counting: growing numbers orphaned by AIDS

Fifteen million children under the age of 15 have been orphaned by AIDS till date, reversing the effects of better health and nutrition standards worldwide, says a new Unicef report.

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Injection drug use responsible for rapid spread of HIV/AIDS: UNAIDS report

A new UNAIDS/WHO report expresses concern about the spread of HIV/AIDS in China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, several central Asian republics, the Baltic states and north Africa.

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Hunger and poverty are key catalysts in the spread of HIV

AIDS and poverty are mutually reinforcing negative forces. An excerpt from ActionAid-Asia’s report ‘Time to Act: HIV/AIDS in Asia’.

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Children shunned, placed at high HIV risk

By Max Martin

Human Rights Watch’s report ‘Future Forsaken: Abuses Against Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in India’ tells a damning story about the number of children in India affected by HIV/AIDS and the discrimination they face in schools, at medical institutions and at home.

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Women, HIV/AIDS and the world of work

A new document by the International Labour Organisation discusses the effects of the spread of AIDS on women, both at home and in the workplace, and the factors that render working women particularly vulnerable to HIV.

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A road map for the battle against AIDS

The UNAIDS Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, released in July 2002, tracks the spread of the disease, points out why HIV constitutes a severe development crisis, and chronicles the hits and misses in the battle to control the epidemic. A summary.

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Undone by HIV-AIDS

By Swapna Majumdar

An ILO (India) study on the socio-economic impact of HIV on infected persons finds that the HIV-positive face the maximum discrimination within their families.

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One-third of all countries lack anti-discrimination laws for HIV-positive

A summary of the UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, released on July 29, 2008 in advance of the International AIDS Conference in Mexico.

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