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Content roundup: AIDS Day 2009

Content roundup: AIDS Day 2009
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First Published: Tue, Dec 01 2009. 02 41 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Dec 01 2009. 02 41 PM IST
On World AIDS Day, Mint looks at HIV/AIDS from a variety of different vantage points. Our print and multimedia coverage includes new technologies that are helping people with HIV, Tamil Nadu’s innovative approach to combating HIV, why HIV positive employees are reluctant to disclose their status, and a video preview of how a train to help spread national awareness about HIV/AIDS was constructed.
Here’s a roundup of our coverage:
Your All-in-one HIV/AIDS Combat guide
If you or your family are living with HIV/AIDS, or if you fear you have been exposed, this is your clip-and-keep resource guide on where you can find assistance and support. (Read story here)
Mint video special: HIV/AIDS in India
On World Aids Day, activists and those living with HIV emphasize the importance of spreading awareness, to scale up preventive measures and also implode misconceptions. (Read story here)
Video Preview: Building the Red Ribbon Express
The Red Ribbon Express is currently parked at the Safdarjung train station in Delhi, as workers labour to get the vehicle ready in time for its launch on World AIDS Day. (Read story here)
AIDS scheme on track, says Naco, but hurdles remain
As the organization looks to take over the projects run by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India initiative, issues surface over high costs, employee salaries. (Read story here)
Verdict eases intervention for gays, but is not enough
According to a report in August from the US government agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men who have sex with men is the only risk group in the US in which the annual number of new HIV infections is increasing, while new infections in heterosexuals are declining. (Read story here)
World of AIDS virus (graphic)
With around 33 million infected people worldwide, including 2.31 million in India alone, here’s a look back at the turning points in HIV/AIDS history. (Read story here)
Taking change to the grass roots
From a syringe exchange programme in Mumbai to sex reform at bars in Chennai, from sex workers’ unions in Kolkata to Satcom sessions in Karnataka, here is a guide to local-level initiatives across the country that are making a difference in the fight against AIDS. (Read story here)
Learning site in Mysore for all of Asia-Pacific (video)
Ashodaya has so far helped and trained community advocacy groups from nine states in India to replicate its method of capacity building. (Read story here)
Sankalp helps drug addicts reach a shared solution
Sankalp was established in 1995 primarily to fight the spread of AIDS among drug users in Mumbai by spreading prevention messages. (Read story here)
Why the incidence of AIDS is headed south in Tamil Nadu
Innovative initiatives such as a police advocacy programme help spread awareness about the disease in a state once considered high on HIV/AIDS prevalence. (Read story here)
Naco goes slow on Avahan transition
As the organization looks to take over the projects run by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India initiative, issues surface over high costs, employee salaries. (Read story here)
Sex workers’ union gives them the power to say no
The government soon realized awareness alone couldn’t make much difference, and the programme fell through because it couldn’t empower sex workers to say no to unprotected sex. (Read story here)
Satellite technology helps HIV-infected people connect better
Officials think the Satcom facility can be an effective standby. (Read story here)
In a closet darkly: why disclosure lies beyond corporate assurances
Fear of discrimination at the workplace keeps HIV-positive employees from sharing their status; activists, policy experts criticize proposed HIV Bill (Read story here)
Helping children bear the burden of AIDS
The Union government’s third National AIDS Control Programme, or NACP III, aims to have 40,000 children on ART by 2012. (Read story here)
Success still eludes HIV vaccine attempts
Continuing trials of combination vaccines raise hopes, but the crucial 70% success rate remains a mirage for the third most prolonged vaccine project in the world. (Read story here)
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First Published: Tue, Dec 01 2009. 02 41 PM IST