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.



They Learnt about the Condom after they were Infected

The attitude of the Indian community towards AIDS is strongly reminiscent of the Roman emperor Nero who fiddled while Rome burnt to ashes. Martha and Assumptha, the two gender activists who undertook a collaborative research in Tamil Nadu on gender and HIV/AIDS, have made a strong statement in their report entitled ‘Community Research on Gender and HIV/AIDS’. In an indicative, not exhaustive, study it is they who pointed out that the governmental and non-governmental interventions were not extensive enough.


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