Report: India's HIV-Positive Seek Potential Partners by Placing Ads in Newspapers
May 16, 2005
A growing number of HIV-infected men and women in India are seeking partners through newspaper and Web site advertisements that acknowledge their health status, according to a recent report in the Indian Express newspaper. D.M. Saxena, additional project director of Gujarat State AIDS Control Society, said that during the past few years, HIV-positive people have come to be better accepted in society.
According to government figures, India has more than 5 million people with HIV/AIDS, the second-highest number of infections after South Africa. Experts say the official estimate leaves out people who have HIV without knowing or reporting it.
H. Raj, who runs a matrimonial service, said some people do not mind advertising their HIV status but prefer not to reveal their identity before they meet potential partners. "Being HIV-positive is not [as] much a taboo as it was earlier," Raj said. "But we don't directly give away names or addresses, but put the contact numbers of some close relatives."
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.