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AIDS, Condoms, and Carnival Aids, Condoms, and Carnival informs the reader about issues concerning the AIDS Virus throughout the world and goes into specifics about the marketing efforts being used to spread awareness and protection in Brazil and India.
About Half a million Brazilians are infected with AIDS and about 63 million are at medium to high risk. The major reason for these high numbers are Brazilians tend to not wear condoms and the men in the culture to not stay committed to monogamous relationships. Brazilian women say that even if they know that their significant other is sleeping around, they would be too afraid to ask him to wear a condom. This is because of their extremely masculine dominant culture. These women are afraid of being beaten or abandon from financial support. Another reason is the price. Most places that have a high concentration of AIDS infected people are in poor areas, and many cannot afford condoms. Also, many Brazilians are Catholic and forbidden to use certain types of contraception including condoms.
Efforts to raise awareness and protection in Brazil included promoting the female condom, asking the government to cut taxes on condoms to make them more affordable, and to promote awareness.
The first case of AIDS to be detected in India was only about six years ago. Since then the virus is spreading rampantly with millions infected. The main problem in India is denial. Many states do not even acknowledge AIDS as a problem, despite many people being infected. It is thought that the immoral acts required to spread the disease would not be committed by citizens of their land, as it would be in the west.
However some Indian states are taking intiative. One is using barbers to pass out free condoms and spread knowledge of the virus, since the men of the culture are too embarrassed to buy condomes at the drug store.
Thankfully, organizations like London International Group hold events