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HIV in India: the Jogini culture
  1. Joseph Borick
  1. Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Joseph Borick, borick{at}


Jogini is the name for a female sexually exploited temple attendant and is used interchangeably with Devadasi in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Jogini are twice more likely than other women who are used for sexual intercourse in India to be HIV positive, and their rate of mortality from HIV is 10 times the total mortality rate for all women in India. The four states in India with the most Jogini also have the highest prevalence of HIV. The following case is unfortunately typical of the Jogini and sheds light on a potentially disastrous public health problem in rural South India.

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