Diverse realities: Sexually transmitted infections and HIV in India
Sexually Transmitted Infections 78(suppl 1): i31-i39
Publication date: 2002
There are many features that make India a vulnerable countryas far as a sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV epidemicis concerned. These include the lack of a strong evidence baseon which to formulate decision making, a pluralistic and oftenunregulated health sector, and a highly vulnerable population.Nonetheless, India has shown strong commitment to other areasof a comprehensive reproductive health care programme, and maybe able to do so in the field of STI/HIV control. Vast numbersof people in India are severely disadvantaged in terms of income,education, power structures, and gender. Addressing these basicissues of human rights lies at the core of achieving betterhealth outcomes.