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Special DD film on women living with AIDS

MUMBAI: Are women alone responsible for the spurt in AIDS cases in this country? Or is that the husbands bring it home.

Doordarshan will telecast a half hour special film titled "A New Beginning" on women living with AIDS. The film will be telecast on November 30 at 9.30 am on the National Network on DD-1 and also on December 1, at 10 pm on DD News to mark the World Aids Day.

The film seeks to tackle these and other issues.

This film features four HIV positive women from different parts of the country who have made possible something which were considered impossible. A life which seems to be directionless due to HIV/AIDS has made a new beginning.

The film portrays the trauma undergone by these women due discrimination stigma, lack of awareness, gender inequality and also speaks their journey for seeking their own identity.

The film also examines how the population of HIV + Women is growing at a great pace. Out of 5.2 million HIV + Infected people in India, there are 2 million Women. In other words women form 39 percent of the total number of people affected with HIV/AIDS in India.

The film has been produced by B.D. Mohanty deputy director, Programmes, Doordarshan in association with Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union and UNDP, under the project "Inspiring examples of human triumph against HIV/AIDS in Asia Pacific".

Earlier, it was a common understanding that women sex worker were the ones infected with HIV virus but with today's changing times even housewives have been known to be infected with the virus.

The film seeks to delve into this new, challenging scenario.

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