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AIDS in South Asia: understanding and responding to a heterogeneous epidemic

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Stephen, Moses. James,Blanchard(
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Washington, DC, The World Bank, 2006
Healt, nutrition, and population series
EP 1. BS/10609.

This report describes how sex work and injecting drug use fuel concentrated epidemics. Men who have sex with men represent an important vulnerable population, but more information is required to better understand their role in HIV transmission dynamics. The report also draws attention to significant rural epidemics in parts of India and Nepal and the need to increase understanding of HIV prevention needs and service delivery patterns in South Asia’s rural settings. Understanding rural epidemics and configuring an effective response to them constitute a major challenge.