By Cecilia Van Hollen

Start within the Age of AIDS is a bright and poignant portrayal of the reports of HIV-positive girls in India while pregnant, beginning, and motherhood firstly of the twenty first century. the govt of India, including international healthiness enterprises, verified a tremendous public health and wellbeing initiative to avoid HIV transmission from mom to baby. whereas this software, which pursuits bad girls attending public maternity hospitals, has stronger wellbeing and fitness results for babies, it has led to occasionally devastatingly damaging results for terrible, younger moms simply because those girls are being demonstrated for HIV in some distance higher numbers than their male spouses and are frequently blamed for bringing this hugely stigmatized ailment into the family.

Based on examine carried out by way of the writer in India, this e-book chronicles the reviews of girls from the purpose in their judgements approximately even if to just accept HIV checking out, via their judgements approximately even if to proceed with the start in the event that they attempt HIV-positive, their birthing stories in hospitals, judgements and practices surrounding breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding, and their hopes and fears for the way forward for their childrens.

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There she gave a keynote address that publicly acknowledged to the world the severity of the AIDS epidemic in India while simultaneously vowing that the Indian government was committed to combating AIDS and 38 India Responds to the Epidemic AIDS-related stigma as a global problem. Since that time, Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, has continued to make statements about the need for ongoing vigilance on the part of the government and civil society to control the spread of HIV and to provide care and support for people living with HIV/ AIDS in India.

Farmer 1992, 1999; Schoepf 1992). , the unsuccessful control of STDs, the lack of access to HIV testing and counseling, and human rights abuses faced by HIV-positive people in hospitals) proved to be major obstacles to individual attempts to engage in preventive behaviors. So long as NACO approached HIV/AIDS as a health problem rather than as a social, economic, or political issue, it could not garner the political attention and resources it needed because, as Kalpana Jain pointed out in 2002, “Health issues are low among national priorities” (K.

Anthropologists argue that blame is the primary universal response to the HIV/AIDS crisis and that imagined national and ethnic identities are forged in the construction of the dangerous “other” responsible for AIDS lurking “out there” and threatening “our” borders and bodies (Farmer 1992; Hyde 2007). As Paul Farmer writes, “Of all the responses registered, accusation—the assertion that human agency had a role in the etiology of AIDS—is the dominant leit­ motiv” (Farmer 1992: 192). Indeed this was a widespread response when AIDS was first detected in India.

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