Exposing an Indian middle class illusion

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The illusion that the Indian middle class is largely untouched by the AIDS epidemic is beginning to crack as people from this socio-economic group find friends and relatives close to them suddenly struck down by disease.

The common perception is that commercial sex workers, truck drivers, and “other uneducated people” are the ones who invite the illness by their wanton carelessness.

But doctors who cater to middle and upper class Indians increasingly have their hands full.

Dr. Uttara Murthy, a Bangalore-based psychiatrist, counsels private patients who have found out they are HIV+ and are struggling with that fact.

Dr. Murthy counseled her first middle class HIV+ patient eight years ago. Her practice keeps her busy.

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