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HIV and Sexuality

A black man in a white shirt and black pants sitting on a motorcycle in a peaceful hilly town.

Criminalising HIV

JOHANNESBURG – “If the law supposes that,” Mr. Bumble says in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, “the law is an ass.”  A criminal law that makes it preferable for carriers of HIV not to know that they are infected and capable of spreading it to others, including their loved ones, seems particularly suited to Mr.…
Poster of the film "Fire". Two young Indian women wearing kajal and earrings laughing. Screen reader support enabled. Poster of the film "Fire". Two young Indian women wearing kajal and earrings laughing.

Issue In Focus: Dealing With HIV—Has India Missed the Bus?

HIV remains exceptional in that it carries the seemingly immutable burden of being synonymous with immoral behaviour. Open and safe conversations on sexual rights and freedoms in the context of both disease and pleasure should have been the method of decoupling HIV from prevailing notions of morality. India’s HIV programme over the past 25 years…
Newspaper clipping of the first known protest by the AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (ABVA) in 1992. People gathered around, carrying placards.

HIV and AIDS Prevention, LGBT Rights, and the Law

As someone who has worked on sexuality and gender related issues, HIV and AIDS has been part of the larger canvas of issues that I have been concerned with. There is an interesting tension between health and service delivery, especially around HIV and AIDS, primarily focused on so-called ‘populations at risk—the sexworker, intravenous drug user,…
A collage of photos of three men of various ages, all three of them wearing the red ribbon for AIDS solidarity on their shirts

Video Page: HIV-positive Guys Read Mean Dating App Messages

British HIV-positive men reading real messages they received on a dating app respond to meanness and ignorance with grace and humour. “Educate yourselves!” is the unanimous message the men respond with. “I’m probably a lot healthier than you,” bites back one to a particularly mean message he got from someone who declared he would not…
Book cover. A baby resting on her mother's torso and shoulder looks wide-eyed at the camera. Title of the book "Birth in the age of AIDS" is written in red on top of the photo, and the subtitle "Women, reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India" is written in red at the bottom. Screen reader support enabled. Book cover. A baby resting on her mother's torso and shoulder looks wide-eyed at the camera. Title of the book "Birth in the age of AIDS" is written in red on top of the photo, and the subtitle "Women, reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India" is written in red at the bottom.

Book Review: Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India

Cecilia Van Hollen’s 2013 ethnography (published by Stanford University Press) of low caste, low-income women living with HIV in Tamil Nadu is refreshingly incongruous. Despite overwhelming global evidence that married women are especially likely to contract HIV, and that risk is multiplied if they’re already impoverished or marginalized, most discourse still focuses on other so-called…
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Brushstrokes: Everyday Lives

In 2006, Indian-born artist and photographer Sunil Gupta created a series of photographs of the daily lives of HIV positive children at NAZ Care Home in New Delhi. He had spent two years photographing the children, trying to veer away from what he called “the media and charity type pictures of victims”. He then decided…
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