AIDS patients struggling to win battle against social exclusion

Usha Desai, a sex worker in Maharashtra’s Parbani district, has been successful in fighting AIDS, but it is the struggle against social exclusion and stigma related to the disease that has cost her more.

AIDS patients struggle

The 40-year-old, like over 2.3 million HIV/AIDS patients in India, feel that the real war against the disease will be won only when they will be accepted in the society.


So now, she along with many other sex workers suffering from HIV/AIDS in the district under SETU, a community based organisation of sex workers and tamasha (drama) artistes, have been at the core of a small revolution that has ultimately transformed the lives of many like them… Read More at


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