India: HIV and AIDS-related Discrimination, Stigmatization and Denial. UNAIDS (2001)

India: HIV and AIDS-related Discrimination, Stigmatization and Denial. UNAIDS (2001) In India, as elsewhere, AIDS is perceived as a disease of “others” – of peo- ple living on the margins of society, whose lifestyles are considered “perverted” and “sin- ful.” Discrimination, stigmatization, and denial (DSD) are the expected outcomes of such values, affecting life in families, communities, workplaces, schools, and health care set- tings. Because of HIV/AIDS-related DSD, appropriate policies and models of good prac- tice remain undeveloped. People living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) continue to be bur- dened by poor care and inadequate services, while those with the power to help do lit- tle to make the situation better.

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