In Sickness and in Health: The Family Experience of HIV/AIDS in India
demy octavo ob 124pp ISBN 81-85604-59-2 Rs 185 Feb 2003
Wives receive profound physical and emotional burdens as the prime caregivers of spouses who are HIV-positive or suffering from AIDS. The stigmatizing nature of the infection compounds the stress and stops infected individuals and families from looking for support. The result is loneliness and isolation, creating a conspiracy of silence that is characteristic of AIDS. Moreover, gender biases ensure that women who have also been diagnosed with AIDS, and continue to take care of their husbands, cannot expect to receive care in the same measure. At the same time they remain responsible for the survival of the family.
This pioneering book studies the impact on affected families, highlighting changing family dynamics. It also makes recommendations to alleviate the situation.
Premilla D’Cruz is associate professor, Organizational Behaviour, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Her research interests include gender, health studies, qualitative research methods and family psychology.
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