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HIV AIDS in India-Gulf between Rhetoric and Reality

HIV AIDS in India-Gulf between Rhetoric and Reality

Gulf between Rhetoric and Reality Radhika Ramasubban Despite the presence of several fostering factors, HIV/Aids prevention and care is not yet part of the mainstream social process. Resilient socio-cultural norms and stereotypes, organisational inefficiencies and weaknesses, and tack of political will to undertake major public health and educational reforms and tackle poverty, are the main inhibiting factors. Moreover, constraints upon open discussion of sex and sexuality inhibit the emergence of safe spaces wherein enough information may be obtained. Underlying these are the patriarchal structures and gender relations that constitute the most enduring obstacles. Bridging the gap between women's powerlessness and the uncharted terrain of men's private behaviour is one of the major cultural and political challenges posed by the Aids epidemic.

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