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Wed 1Jun2016

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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 who attended the hearings


Insurgency makes health care dangerous

In the state with the highest prevalence of HIV in the country, insurgency has added to the difficulties of people accessing health care. Health teams cannot operate freely in areas where the insurgents’ writ runs large, and bombs, bandhs and curfews prevent people from getting timely medication. Chitra Ahanthem reports from Manipur


Violence, sexual minorities and two continents

Violence against transgenders and sex workers occurs in different parts of the world. Two community based organisations, based on two continents, that protect and help sexual minorities came together to exchange their similar experiences, reports B Jayashree


‘Denial of education most common problem faced by HIV affected children’

The UNICEF study of Kerala that revealed this and other findings says that 88% of children in the state have not revealed their HIV-positive status in school for fear of dismissal or discrimination. Many of those who have done so speak about the problems they encounter, though a small positive change is discernible. Anosh Malekar details the findings of the report


Health and HIV in Jammu and Kashmir

In Jammu, people fleeing a conflict situation survive in congested refugee camps. In Kashmir, the population is under siege by the army and by militants. Their common ground: vulnerability to sexual abuse, abysmal healthcare, and the absence of any public awareness programme. This is the perfect breeding ground for epidemics of all sorts - including HIV. Anju Munshi reports on how conflict and displacement impact health


Unequally yoked: Women highly vulnerable to HIV in Pakistan

Women are at high risk of contracting HIV from their husbands whose risky behaviour they cannot control or resist. Even female sex workers lack the power to negotiate for safe sex. Sehrish Shaban reports from Islamabad on how their lack of knowledge and empowerment ruined the lives of three women


Children and HIV: Treatment options

Every year, 33,000 new-borns in India get HIV from their infected mothers. Though it is well known that early ART will prevent illness and death in infants, the lack of early testing, paediatric formulations and access to basic healthcare facilities come in the way of effective prevention and treatment, as Mariette Correa explains


Children and HIV: Vulnerability and burden

There are no laws for the protection of children who are orphaned by HIV/AIDS or who may have contracted the virus themselves. Without family and social support, they are at risk of being sexually abused or trafficked into prostitution, says Mariette Correa


Pakistan’s marginalised communities have limited access to HIV-TB treatment

The number of patients suffering from the lethal combination of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Pakistan is increasing. A majority of those affected are marginalised communities such as sex workers and injecting drug users who have limited access to prevention and treatment, reports Aroosa Masroor


Children and HIV: Neglecting the young

Every day, nearly 1,800 children under 15 are infected with HIV worldwide. About 21,000 children in India are infected with HIV every year. Yet even today, the emphasis of prevention, care and treatment is on adults – the productive and reproductive age-group, says Mariette Correa