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Ethnic minorities and their vulnerability to AIDS in a border state of India

Title:Ethnic minorities and their vulnerability to AIDS in a border state of India
Author:Thomasn J.
Publication:AIDS Care / Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Enumeration:Vol. 11, No.1, pp.45 - 60 / February 1, 1999
Abstract:To successfully stall the spread of HIV/AIDS among the ethnic minorities in India, it is imperative that we not only understand the complexity of issues in India with regard to HIV spread among ethnic groups but also comprehend that straightforward measures that might have worked in the context of other countries may not work in the Indian context. The authors present field work data and the results of interviews with 635 opinion leaders from eight 'tribal groups' from the north eastern border state of Manipur in India where a high rate of HIV infection is reported among the IDUs (intravenous drug users). The study found community support for AIDS, sex and drug education, along with an increasing perception of social vulnerability. Even though respondents perceive the threat of infection, few feel that they are personally susceptible. As HIV/AIDS prevention programmes compete with other socioeconomic conditions, the prevention blue print must be tailored to meet diverse demands in the study area and of the ethnic minorities in India.

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