USA Today Examines India's HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Responses From Government, Nongovernmental Organizations
February 24, 2005
USA Today on Thursday examined India's HIV/AIDS epidemic and efforts by both government and nongovernmental organizations to fight the spread of the virus. Married men who pay for sex with women, have unprotected sex with other men or engage in injection drug use put themselves and their wives at risk of contracting HIV and are "driving up India's contribution to the next wave of global AIDS, now emerging mainly in Asia," according to USA Today. Almost half of all new HIV cases in India are among women, USA Today reports. However, the "prospect that a major AIDS epidemic could flood hospital beds, drain budgets, kill hundreds of millions of Indians and derail economic progress ... deeply worries India's power elite," according to USA Today. The administration of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "has taken a much more aggressive stance" on HIV/AIDS than the previous government, and nongovernmental organizations -- including the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- are helping the government establish HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs throughout the country, according to USA Today (Sternberg , USA Today, 2/24).
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