Category Archives: India

  1. Sexual variation in India: A view from the west

    via Indian Journal of Psychiatry, by Gurvinder Kalra, Susham Gupta and Dinesh Bhugra Sexual variation has been reported across cultures for millenia. Sexual variation deals with those facets of sexual behavior which are not necessarily pathological. It is any given culture that defines what is abnormal and what is deviant. In scriptures, literature and poetry in India Read More >>

    culture, homosexuality, India, sexual behavior
  2. The Impact of HIV and High-risk Behaviours on the Wives of Married Men Who Have Sex with Men and Injection Drug Users

    Via Journal of the International AIDS Society, by Sunil S Solomon1, Shruti H Mehta, Amanda Latimore, Aylur K Srikrishnan and David D Celentano Background HIV/AIDS in India disproportionately affects women, not by their own risks, but by those of their partners, generally their spouses. We address two marginalized populations at elevated risk of acquiring HIV: women who Read More >>

    HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, India, injection drug use, MSM, women
  3. India: Where gays hide their pride

    Some independent experts believe the (HIV infection) rate among Indian homosexuals is probably higher than 10 per cent. A recent study by staff at the Sion Hospital in Mumbai found 17 per cent of homosexual men and 68 per cent of transgender people surveyed were HIV positive. via the Sydney Morning Herald, by Matt Wade Excerpt: Sexual Read More >>

    Gay, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, India, MSM, transgendered
  4. A Blind Spot in HIV Prevention – Female Anal Sex

    via International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India Dear All, Alliance India works with local community groups and other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to take action on AIDS. We support them with technical expertise, policy work, and fundraising. The Alliance works across Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Maharashtra and Delhi. Our interventions seek to address the issues of the most Read More >>

    anal sex, HIV/AIDS policy, India, rectal microbicide, sex work, women
  5. Male sex workers: Are we ignoring a risk group in Mumbai, India?

    Source Santosh Shinde1, Maninder Singh Setia2, Ashok Row-Kavi3, Vivek Anand3, Hemangi Jerajani4 1 Department of Dermatology, LTM Medical College, Mumbai; The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, India, 2 McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 3 The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, India, 4 Department of Dermatology, LTM Medical College, Mumbai, India, Background: Male sex workers (MSWs) have recently been recognized as an important risk group for sexually Read More >>

    2008 National Gay Men's Health Summit, anal sex, behavioral research, India, MSM, research, sex work
  6. Gujarat gets India’s first old age home for gay men

    gay men, India
  7. UNAIDS Head visits outreach programme for men who have sex with men in Mumbai

      Because sex between men doesn’t lead to procreation, it is not taken seriously in India. At Humsafar, we never ask who you are; we’re only interested in whether you’re playing safe or not. During his visit to The Humsafar Trust site in Mumbai, Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé shared with its founder, gay activist Mr Read More >>

    gay men, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, India, MSM, UNAIDS
  8. India needs new prevention technologies for HIV, other STIs and unwanted pregnancies

    via Elites TV, by Citizen News Service “India needs the [new prevention] technologies for meeting all the three important [sexual and reproductive health] needs of an individual as well as for the country – i.e. prevention of unwanted pregnancies, prevention of non-HIV sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as HIV” said the Dr Badri N Saxena, President-elect Read More >>

    Dr. Badri Saxena, India, pregnancy, rectal microbicide, research, vaginal microbicide
  9. Gay sex decriminalised in India – India’s “Stonewall”

    via BBC A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, has ruled that homosexual intercourse between consenting adults is not a criminal act. The ruling overturns a 148-year-old colonial law which describes a same-sex relationship as an “unnatural offence”. Homosexual acts were punishable by a 10-year prison sentence. Many people in India regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate. Rights Read More >>

    advocacy, homophobia, homosexuality, India, lgbt community, LGBT rights, MSM
  10. India Poised to Decriminalize Gay Sex

    via Edge Boston, by Kilian Melloy Among the relics left behind in India by British colonialism is a law punishing consensual sex between adults of the same gender. But that may be about to change. The Indian Penal Code embraced the law against sexual relations between individuals of the same gender, a holdover from the days when Read More >>

    criminalization, gay men, homosexuality, India, LGBT rights, MSM, sodomy