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New WHO Strategies on HIV Pushed
The Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines, 6/30/2011
A party-list congressman has urged the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) to quickly adopt here the new strategies being pushed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the spread of HIV and save the lives of men who have sex with men. The PNAC is the central advisory, planning and policy making body on the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS in the country.
Film scholar Shohini Ghosh dwells on the intersection between cinema and sexuality by saying, ‘As a society we have many contradictory responses to homosexuality. Bombay cinema rides that paradox too. Interesting spaces are beginning to manifest in our films. Prime examples are movies like Kal Ho Na Ho and Dostana. In the first one, the behaviour of the characters played by Shah Rukh and Saif is misconstrued as homosexuality. The persona of the maid ‘Kanta behen` is used to express shock. Together these two elements are contrived to evoke laughter in the audience. But are we laughing at the homosexuality or the homophobia? Dostana straddles the same erotic versus phobic dichotomy.’
Legalise gay marriages - that’s the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community’s big demand ahead of the second anniversary of the decriminalisation of gay sex in India. With the recent passing of governor Andrew Como’s bill that legalises same-sex marriages in New York, Indians are hopeful that the move would show positive ripple effects in the country, and are set to shout for it at Jantar Mantar on July 2 - the day that marks two years since the reading down of IPC’s Section 377 by the Delhi High Court.
Indian Girls Persuade Parents They Are Too Young For Marriage
Guardian, India, 6/29/2011
After learning that Seema`s family was planning an early marriage for her, Rumi and other adolescent girls` club members began a concerted campaign of visits to her parents and grandmother. The teenagers` well-informed arguments convinced the family to let Seema complete her education and wait till she was emotionally and physically ready to become a wife and mother. To spread the message that early marriage is unacceptable, NGOs including UNICEF are working with regional government bodies across India to set up Adolescent Girls` Clubs Against Child Marriage.
Business analytics software is now playing an important role in health care through the core functions of analysing and evaluating patient segments and behaviour.The Thai Red Cross Aids Research Centre uses analytics software for planning Aids-prevention campaigns and activities, targeting people at high risk. The campaign aims to reduce the number of HIV-infected patients, which in turn would help reduce government spending on treatment for HIV patients and ease social problem.