Living with the Aids Virus

Living with the Aids Virus

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Author: Samiran Panda
Anindya Chatterjee/Abu S Abdul -Quader
Editor: Samiran Panda, Anindya chatterjee and Abu S Abdul-
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 208
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817829169X


This volume traces the evolutions of the HIV epidemic in India and documents how the largest democracy in the world has responded to it. It describes HIV programmes designed, developed and implemented by various governmental and non-governmental organizations in different parts of the country.

India has been living with the human immunodeficiency virus for a little over 15 years. Given the size of the country. Its high population density and intestate migration, preventing the further spread of HIV as also providing care facilities to people with AIDS are both critical and mammoth tasks.

Some of these programmes have had significant success in reaching at-risk population groups and in bringing about changes in high-risk behavior patterns. The contributors highlight the lessons to be learnt from these experiences in order to identify what works, and what does not, in HIV interventions.

The original essays presented here encompass a wide variety of issues ranging from the current HIV/AIDS scenario in India, the epidemiology of, and responses to, the epidemic, and the role of NGOs, to the importance of ensuring behavior modification in the socio-cultural environment, and specific interventions targeting injecting drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men.

The legal issues related to HIV/AIDS in India arte high-lighted to assist in a more comprehensive understanding of the complex ethical and human dimensions involved. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of the interventions and the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS in the country are analyzed, providing a deeper understanding of the many dimensions of this epidemic in India.

This timely and well-researched book will be of interest not only to policymakers, social worker and public health professionals but also to community-based and non-governmental organizations. It will be of equal interest to students of medicine and social work and to departments of public health and health management.