For Indian women, low economic and social status, abuse and violence, as well as limited legal and social protection increase their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.
HIV / AIDS
Lack of Sexual Rights
For millions of Indian women, sexual intercourse is not a question of choice but rather one of survival and duty.
Lack of Respect and Self-Worth
Women with HIV are subjected to various forms of violence and discrimination based on gender. They could be refused shelter, denied a share of household property, refused access to treatment and care, or blamed for a husband's HIV diagnosis.
Lack of Support
An HIV + woman is expected to nurse her husband, go out to work, take care of her children and in-laws at the expense of her own health.
Women are the least powerful because Indian society praises patriarchy.
Our Solutions to Help Stop the Spread of HIV & AIDS
To promote and protect women’s human rights through educational programs which encourage male participation.
To create awareness of HIV and the prevention of its transmission through:
Post exposure prophylaxis treatment
The use of the female and male condom
Prevention of MTCT – Mother to child transmission through a course of ART’s
Nutritional support is given as:
Protein and vitamin powder supplements
Fresh eggs, milk and meat
Peanuts, sesame seeds and dates.
Counselling – for individuals and groups. The charity hosts regular meetings for HIV+ women where matters of concern are discussed and solutions offered.
Women in Need provides symptomatic treatment to control opportunist infections
Social events and day trips for HIV+ women and their children prevent isolation and loneliness.
Meditation classes combat anxiety and stress – The charity teaches meditation and relaxation techniques helping patients to overcome the harmful effects of stress on the immune system.