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Equal Opportunities For HIV-Positive Women Urged

and AIDS, with more than 40 percent of the sample HIV positive women admitting to not having any say in matters relating to if and when to have sex and in making their husbands use condom.

Access to female controlled prevention options and improving women's skills through education and awareness in using such options and negotiating safe sex behaviour with their partners will go a long way in their attaining control over their body and protecting themselves from HIV and other infections, states the report.

"These women not only need training in nutrition, hygiene, drug management, universal precautions and basic nursing skills to handle their sick relatives, but also counselling, and moral and emotional support. Home-based care programmes could be promoted to reduce the burden on women," said the think tank.

The report also focuses on the need of elderly caregivers of the orphans, in particular the elderly women, who not only need psychological and economic support, but also access to medical care so that they could maintain their own good health.

The survey also brings out the deplorable conditions of the household headed by HIV-positive widow. As compared to other households, their income is much lower, said NCAER.

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