Thoughtful new book examines the lives of HIV-positive mothers in India

VanHollen, CeciliaAssociate Professor of Anthropology Cecilia Van Hollen’s new book Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India is the first of its kind to portray the human side of global health interventions aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to children in the low-caste communities of southern India. Although public health initiatives to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission have improved health outcomes for infants in India, they have also resulted in devastating consequences for poor, young mothers who are blamed more for the spread of HIV than their husbands because they are tested more for the highly stigmatized disease.  This compassionate, poignant, well-researched account sheds light on women's strength and resilience as they fight AIDS, stigma, and economic insecurity and make difficult decisions about birthing, breast-feeding, and the future of their families. 03/25/13