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Is it the End of India's AIDS Epidemic?

Discussion with Siddharth Dube

Thursday, April 10, 2008
6:00 PM
208 Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

HIV has lead to large increases in adult mortality and poverty, challenging India's government to research and survey the pandemic. Recent findings published by the Indian government stated that in fact national estimates have steeply declined: which makes the epidemic situation in India appear very different.  It appeared that HIV/AIDS in India is not a significant public health threat.

Is India a success story?  Or are misleading statistics simply hiding a major problem?

Siddharth Dube was born in Calcutta in 1961. He studied at Tufts University, the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism, and the Harvard School of Public Health, where he completed his MSc in 1991. He has since been scholar-in-residence at Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and a long-term visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He has been awarded research grants by the Ford Foundation and the US Institute of Peace.

His books include In the Land of Poverty: Memoirs of an Impoverished Indian Family, 1947-1997; Sex, Lies and AIDS; and the central essay to photographer Sebastião Salgado’s The End of Polio. He is currently working on a historical account of tuberculosis and AIDS in India, to be published in 2009.


Admission is free to the Public. General Parking is $8. The closest structure to the event is in Parking Structure 4 off of Sunset Blvd.

This UCLA event is  made possible through the support of the Program in Global Health, the School of Arts and Architecture, the Department of World Arts and Cultures, the Fowler Museum, and the Art | Global Health Center. This program is held in conjunction with the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS Exhibition currently on display at the Fowler Museum.

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