From Tragedy Towards Hope

Men, Women and the AIDS Epidemic

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This book tells the real life stories of men and women who live with the HIV/AIDS virus and have triumphed over it. It describes the impact of the virus on people and communities, and the initiatives taken by UNAIDS and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). It delves into the myths and rituals that surround women, sex and sexuality, and helps readers understand the human consequences of the epidemic for those affected, their families, communities and society at large.



Myths and Rituals – Increasing Women's Susceptibility

The initial years of my work gave me a rare insight into another form of women's exploitation through myths and rituals. Each myth and ritual that I came across confirmed my belief that, at times, the more things change the more they remain the same. In the present context they are indicative of the way in which women are susceptible to the HIV virus at every stage of their lives.


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