I was very happy to read an article exploring South Asian attitudes towards HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, in our society, the topic is treated as taboo and very few institutions work to break this barrier. The disease, if you will, gains immense attention but is severely frowned upon and few social mechanisms ex- ist to address the problem or rehabilitate the victims. Very often, victims are ostracized that only further adds to the paranoia and unjust treatment they are accorded. South Asian societies are culturally and religiously very strong, reenforce family values and place great emphasis on female morality. However, HIV/AIDS remains one of the lead causes of death in the same region which is swamped with prostitution and sex trafficking. Religious beliefs convince many to frown upon victims and attribute aversion. It was eye opening to discover in your featured article that many medical professionals are also complicit in the activity when they knowingly administer pre-used injections, fully aware of the risks. It is critical that our societies address this challenge and rampant disease, which can only be cured through extensive awareness campaigns and responsible medical practices.
Mehr Karim, Colombo, Sri Lanka