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Drug stock-outs, budget cuts and a stalled HIV Bill are posing a threat to the considerable progress that India has made so far in its fight against AIDS.
On the eve of World AIDS Day, which falls on 1 December, a shocking statement from the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) said it was not feasible to provide free ART (lifesaving medicines for HIV infected) to all patients as per the new WHO guidelines. How can this be justified in a country where more than 2 million people are HIV-infected and millions others remain at risk?
A 30-year-old HIV positive mother was in for a shock when she went to a hospital to give birth to her daughter. The woman was labelled a "bio-hazard" by the doctors at the hospital, and a big sign tha...