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India’s Red Ribbon Express Connects Citizens to HIV Information

A colorful new train will travel throughout India to bring HIV information — in accessible, multimedia format — to Indians countrywide.

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India’s Insensitivity Towards Victims of Violence

Violence gets insidiously soaked in to everyday life in India. But sensitivity towards victims of such crimes remains abysmally low.

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LGBT Activists March, Pull off Masks in India

LGBT rights activists marching in Gay Pride Parades in India argued that criminalization of homosexuality is a remnant of colonial rule, and that Hindu mythology recognizes sexual minorities.

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Grassroots Efforts In India Fight Spread of HIV

India’s state governments may quarrel over sexuality education and HIV prevention, but local initiatives targeting youth, women, the armed forces, and those already infected show promise in fighting the epidemic.

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Dowry: An Unwelcome Guest at Indian Weddings

Dowry practices in India drive women’s limited access to education and self-determination.

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When India’s Resources Mobilize to Save a Girl Child

In India, there are laws to prevent dowry, domestic violence, sexual harassment and child marriage. But in the country’s social context, these laws aren’t very effective.

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Shifting the Blame onto Victims

Latest reports by India’s National Crime Records Bureau found a seven-fold increase in rape cases between 1971 and 2006. But the agencies that should ensure safe environments for women make excuses for perpetrators and resort to moral policing rather than finding ways to make women safer.

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The Trade: Guns for Vasectomies

In the Madhya Pradesh state of India, the administration is offering men guns in exchange for vasectomies. But in choosing to meet targets rather than educating communities, the administration is hardening stereotypes of manliness, placing communities in even more vulnerable positions.

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No Room for Orthodoxy in HIV Prevention

The HIV epidemic in India needs to be fought by accessible testing, lessening stigma, widespread education, and needle exchange programs, but above all, it needs to be fought by a humane and scientific prevention program coming from the government.

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Devil in the Details?

PEPFAR includes a huge amount of money with a burdensome and ideological list of "do's" and "don'ts." Haven't we seen this before? Read this latest post in our International Women's Health Salon.

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