A nationwide bestseller since its release in 2000 by HarperCollins India, Sex, Lies and AIDS demolishes the stock stereotype that Indians are asexual as well as government claims that the HIV epidemic is being controlled.
Simply written and with cartoons by the irrepressible Mario Miranda, Sex, Lies and AIDS can be read by anyone, whether college student, parent or politician.
Now available in a second paperback edition and in translation in several Indian languages, it is essential reading to understand the truths about Indian society, sexuality, government, and a disease that has affected millions.
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Sex work is no crime
At a conceptual level, the issue is this: why should any consensual sexual activity between adults — heterosexual, same sex, in exchange for money, within marriage or outside of it — be viewed within a criminal framework at all? The keywords here are 'consent' and 'adult'.
The Times of India
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Before the US Congressional Human Rights Caucus
Fact and fiction about AIDS
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A nation in denial
The official view is that we are a uniquely moral society, literally that Indians don't have sex. Virtually every Indian political leader, bureaucrat and opinion-maker whom I have interviewed or talked to about HIV/AIDS has asserted this as an unquestionable truth.
India's AIDS Explosion
Despite a decade of record economic growth in India, poverty and tragedy remain as commonplace as ever. A mounting HIV-AIDS epidemic is increasingly to blame. More than 2 million adults have died of AIDS, overwhelmingly in the country's most dynamic states.
The Washington Post
"A lucid, compelling and indefatigably researched attempt to stem the tide of denial, prejudice, ineptitude and bigotry that characterize Indian attitudes and policies on AIDS."
"Impassioned and lucid analysis. This slim and clearly written volume should be mandatory reading for government officials, health workers and teachers throughout India."
FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW
"The real story of AIDS in India and why you should care. In chillingly simple terms portrays the horrors that will befall us if we don’t act soon."
“A deeply disturbing book…(written) with language and passion that leave you wrung out.”
DILIP D'SOUZA in Frontline
"Combines a sense of personal outrage, individual insights, meticulous research and documentation, and case histories of real ordinary citizens. The reports of the sexual biographies of a variety of ordinary citizens…invest this book with greater value than any dozen treatises on AIDS."
ASHOK BANKER in REDIFF.COM
SUNEETHA KADIYALA and TONY BARNETT, Economic and Political Weekly
"A must-read for every Indian. Anyone worried about their own health or that of the nation simply cannot afford to give it a miss. It lays to rest too many myths for that."
"Want to know about AIDS but didn't know whom to ask? The answer: Sex, Lies and AIDS."
"Congratulations for writing this magnificent book. I thank you on behalf of INP+ and all people living with HIV in India for presenting the correct scenario on AIDS in India."
ASHOK PILLAI, Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (INP+)