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Sex, Lies and AIDS


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Sex, Lies and AIDS by Siddharth Dube
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Explosive, sexual and shocking - like India's AIDS epidemic itself - this extraordinary book investigates why India has slid into a catastrophic encounter with this fatal sexually transmitted disease. Demolishing the stock stereotypes about Indians being asexual and government claims that the epidemic is being controlled, acclaimed writer and health expert Siddharth Dube shows why as many as 40 million Indians may be infected with the AIDS virus by 2005. Already, 5 million Indians are infected, the largest number of any country. And 2 million or more have died of AIDS, twice the number of Indians killed in the gore of partition. Mumbai, Pune and several other places are in the thick of full-fledged epidemics. Why has the Indian government failed to prevent this mammoth tragedy? Why is the average Indian - whether poor or middle-class or rich - so vulnerable to contracting the AIDS virus? Will AIDS devastate India as it has Africa? These and other burning questions are the subject of this riveting mix of journalism and analysis. Simply written and with cartoons by the irrepressible Mario, this is essential reading for those who seek to understand the truths about Indian society, sexuality, government and the disease that imperils India's future.
Release date NZ
June 4th, 2001
Illustrated by Mario Miranda
Country of Publication
b&w drawings
HarperCollins India
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