Sexuality & HIV/AIDS
Sexual health is not just a nice part of life; it is a human right. That’s because true sexual well-being is not only the absence of disease or the presence of a partner. It does not exist without full sexual freedom, which includes freedom from sexual coercion, discrimination and violence. For true sexual health to exist, everyone’s sexual health and rights must be respected and protected.
That’s not what’s happening in many places, including India. HIV infection of males continues at alarming rates and many of the HIV-positive people in India are women, with most having contracted the virus from husbands or partners. Most of these women — faced with unimaginable stigma — are thrown out of their homes after their husbands die of AIDS.
Is this justice?
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Breakthrough’s Rights Advocates formed an all girls’ theater troupe in Lucknow, India and used jaw-dropping puppets to train women in the community on HIV/AIDS and women’s rights issues.3 Comments
Rights Advocates interview Anita, an HIV+ woman in India. She never thought she would get HIV– especially from her husband. She lives in a society plagued with discrimination, but she is a fighter, despite the cards she’s been dealt.3 Comments
In a quiet bookstore in Mumbai, two women talk about the AIDS epidemic and safe sex. It’s hard for one to keep quiet, to her friend’s shock and dismay.3 Comments