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Life, The Positive Way -- After All, We Are Men: Vishal's Story

Stories from India

In India, as in many parts of the world, a woman's increased vulnerability to HIV infection is largely a result of unequal gender roles. Male dominance in relationships, combined with peer pressure and traditional views of masculinity, often interferes with safe sexual practices. Thus, men are a critical part of preventing HIV transmission and protecting themselves, their wives and partners, and their families.

In this video series, Indian men share how their HIV-positive status has affected their attitudes and the lives of their families and friends. Each one highlights a variety of interrelated topics—sexuality, disclosure, masculinity, positive living, prevention, and more. The stories were produced as part of EngenderHealth's Men As Partners® in Positive Prevention program, which works in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to engage HIV-positive men as responsible partners in prevention. Each of the men became a MAP advocate, working to help other HIV-positive people in their communities.

These videos were produced through funding by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The opinions expressed in the stories are of the participants only and not necessarily those of DFID or EngenderHealth. Partner organizations include the Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (GSNP+), the Uttar Pradesh Network of Positive People (UPNP+), the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS), and the Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (UPSACS).

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