When we talk about the AIDS epidemic the face that is presented is Gay men. However, world wide the face is mostly poor Africans and Indians. One of the problems with the politization of AIDS is that we attach a political message to a disease.
India has a growing problem with AIDS and the numbers cited in the book Planet India may be as high as 9,000,000. The book also cites 38% of the people who have the disease are women. The vast preponderance of these women caught the disease from their husband. The face of AIDS in India is quite different than the face of AIDS in the West.
India has problems delivering services in general to the extreemly poor. However, unlike Africa there is political stability and that alone helps enormously in delivering treatments. The size and scope of India's enormous population make this problem an enormous challenge.
AIDS is an expensive but treatable disease for now. The virus is constantly mutating and there are no long term guarantees that the current drug cocktails will stave off more aggressive strains.
My problem with the AIDS effort in the USA is that other causes of human misery have been underfunded. Stroke, heart disease and diabetes kill more people than AIDS and we should devote more efforts there. Alzhiemers, Parkinsons and many other diseases
have had resources diverted by the rush to anything AIDS related.