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Abstract

In this paper, we examine the role of Voluntary organizations (VO’s) in combating the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases among Female Sex Workers in Hyderabad and Secundrabad. These are twin cities in the newly formed state of Telangana state in the southwestern region of India, called the Deccan Plateau. We trace the evolution of VO’s towards becoming agents of information and prevention of AIDS in the region. Our focus is on how VOs’ interventions impact the prevention of HIV among female sex workers. The activities that contribute towards this aim are sexual health, counseling, medication and continuous health follow-ups. Using purposive sampling methods, we analyze the data quantitatively and qualitatively with the help of case studies with intersectional feminist theory.

Note on the Author

Golconda ChayaDevi (M.Phil) is working for a Ph.D. in gender studies at the Center for Women's Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. She did her M.Phil. Dissertation on “Gender Inequality in Science: A case study of the Indian University system.” She is involved with many voluntary organizations in nutrition and health awareness programs. She is a core member and volunteer of the Indian Red Cross Society. She taught communication skills to foreign professionals in the International Executive Program at National Institute Micro-macro Entrepreneurs, Hyderabad, India.

Bindu A. Bambah (Ph.D.) is the Dean and Professor of Physics and Joint Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hyderabad. In addition to scientific contributions, Dr. Bambah has written articles and given seminars to Women's Study groups both in India and abroad to devise methods of inducting and training women to assume leadership roles in the physical sciences. Published work on this topic is Women in Physical Sciences from Followers to Leaders Monograph on Women in Science, ISCA publications. Prof. Bambah has also started undergraduate courses on scientific methodology and given lectures to school students on the importance of scientific thinking in all spheres of life. She is also a joint faculty in the Centre for Women's Studies.

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