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One of the best yet hardest thing you will ever do for yourself

One of the best yet hardest thing you will ever do for yourself

This is one of the best yet hardest thing you will ever do for yourself.  In this age and time, we find ourselves pulled by many obligations and distractions. By no means, this will be an easy feat to try to get through the 11 videos on your own. However, I believe that anything is possible.

There are things that you find out that you feel compelled to share with your children, your loved ones and friends. This is one of those things for me.

Ideally, the best thing to do is to go and take the 10 day silence retreat to experience the process. They have worldwide locations including North America. It is free of charge and you can give donations afterwards. You can find out more at Dhamma.  You can also read my posts 10 days silence retreat and How To Stop My Mind From Thinking All The Time.

Mahatma Buddha’s the four noble truths are:

1. Life means suffering.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

I found liberation through these meditations and find it to be a great source of peace, insight and power.

May you be well.

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10 days of silence retreat

10 days of silence retreat

10 days of silence retreat is one of the best and perhaps the toughest things that you can ever do for yourself.

The practice is also called Vippasana offered at no charge by dhamma.org.

The following is an explanation from dhamma.org:

10 day silence retreat technique

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.

This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.

Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.

The scientific laws that operate one’s thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.

The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation.

The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one’s attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.

By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them.

Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings.

short video (5.7 MB) about the observation of breath and bodily sensations in this technique can be viewed with the free QuickTime movie player.

The entire practice is actually a mental training. Just as we use physical exercises to improve our bodily health, Vipassana can be used to develop a healthy mind.

Because it has been found to be genuinely helpful, great emphasis is put on preserving the technique in its original, authentic form. It is not taught commercially, but instead is offered freely. No person involved in its teaching receives any material remuneration.

There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to benefit from it also.

Of course, the results come gradually through continued practice. It is unrealistic to expect all problems to be solved in ten days. Within that time, however, the essentials of Vipassana can be learned so that it can be applied in daily life. The more the technique is practiced, the greater the freedom from misery, and the closer the approach to the ultimate goal of full liberation. Even ten days can provide results which are vivid and obviously beneficial in everyday life.

All sincere people are welcome to join a Vipassana course to see for themselves how the technique works and to measure the benefits. All those who try it will find Vipassana to be an invaluable tool with which to achieve and share real happiness with others.

You may apply for a Vipassana meditation course by completing and submitting an application for a scheduled course.

Participants follow a prescribed Code of Discipline.



The Origin of Vipassana

Watch introduction videos on the 10 days of silence retreat.

 

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Risky Behaviour in Punjabi

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi

By Baldev Mutta
of Punjabi Community Health Services PCHS

Website: http://www.pchs4u.com/

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi Part#1


Risky Behaviour in Punjabi Part#2

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi Part#3

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi Part#4

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi Part#5

Risky Behaviour in Punjabi Part#6

Punjabi Community Health Services http://www.pchs4u.com/

For more information to get services in Brampton and Malton.

PCHS Head Office
11730 Airport Rd. Brampton,  ON
L6R 0C7
Phone: 905-790-0808

Malton Office
2829 Derry Road East
Mississauga, ON, L4T 1A5
Phone: 905-677-0889

Thank you Mr. Baldev Mutta and his team to make these videos available to our community. Please keep up the great work, it is needed by our families.

Other Video Series in the following topics in Punjabi language

  1. What Is Addiction In Punjabi
  2. Understanding And Having A Better Marriage
  3. Family Matters
  4. Risky Behaviour
  5. What Is Frustration
  6. Underlying Causes Of Behaviour
  7. Changing Behaviour
  8. Mental Health
  9. Forgiveness
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Your number one goal is to feel good right now

Your number one goal is to feel good right now

Your number one goal is to feel good right now

Survey: What would make you happy now?
Do you see yourself using something that uplifts your spirit now?

“Whatever we do, we are doing it to be happy, whether we realize it or not.” Ralph Parlette

The most important thing in your life is how are you feeling right now?

Do you have a cheerful optimistic disposition?

Are You Happy Right Now in this Moment regardless of life’s ups and downs, challenges or journey to your goal?

No personal trait or achievement, deficiency, no fix me up, no to do, no one, no there or any possession can affect my happiness.

A worry free philosophy-letting go of pettiness.

What do you say to yourself?

Life is good

All is well

It’s a great day

Life is magnificent

I am grateful to be alive!

I feel fine, I feel great. I feel this way all the time.

Everything works out in my favour

I am lucky

Watch, I am going to get that…..(whatever you want i.e., promotion)

If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matthew VIAs someone said that life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up and worn out.

100 Things that make me feel better

Stop and Think
I hope this makes you feel as good as it did me!
Do this slowly and really think about it! Take a few minutes and read
these. Think about them one at a time BEFORE going on to the next
one………

IT DOES MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD especially the thought at the end.
Falling in love.
Laughing so hard your face hurts.
A hot shower.
No lines at the Super Wal-Mart.
A special glance.
Getting mail.
Taking a drive on a pretty road.
Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
Hot towels out of the dryer.
Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price.
Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla!)
A long distance phone call.
A bubble bath.
Giggling.
A good conversation.
The beach.
Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.
Laughing at yourself.
Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
Running through sprinklers.
Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.
Laughing at an inside joke.
Friends.
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
Having someone play with your hair.
Sweet dreams.
Hot chocolate.
Road trips with friends.
Swinging on swings.
Wrapping presents under the Christmas tree while eating cookies and
drinking eggnog.
Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
Winning a really competitive game.
Making chocolate chip cookies.
Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
Spending time with close friends.
Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.
Holding hands with someone you care about. Unknown

Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much desired present from you.

Watching the sunrise.

Getting out of bed every morning and being thankful for another beautiful day.

“Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best.” Napoleon Hill

“I Live unconditionally.
Happiness is free-there are no conditions.
To be happy, I must give up self-improvement.
No amount of self-improvement can make up for lack of self-acceptance.
Being happy; doing nothing. I make myself miserable by my constant demands of musts, ought and should.
To be happy, I must be liked by everyone.
To be happy, I must always be right.
To be happy, I must always be good.
To be happy, I must always be in control.
To be happy, I must be treated fairly by everyone.
To be happy, I must deserve it.
To be happy, I must work for it.
To be happy, I must never get angry.
To be happy, I must be perfect.
To be happy, I must always be on time.
To be happy, I must never let my guard.
To be happy, I must hide my feelings.
To be happy, I must never be vulnerable
To be happy, I should weigh less and have a smaller stomach.
Joy is not a carrot.”

 

Happiness Now!: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good FAST

 

Life is never done with; life is moving; if you are still; you are dead. So make it fun and challenging, it is easier, if you enjoy the process (growth and knowledge). Enjoy the journey: Combine activities (listen to favorite music while driving).

 

 

 

READ THE FOLLOWING WORDS TO FEEL GOOD RIGHT NOW

 

Feeling exhilaration, feeling exuberance, feeling loved, feeling wonderful,feeling amazing, feeling giddy, feeling fantastic, feeling wholesome, fulsome, feeling opulent, feeling affluent, majestic, unbelievable, outrageous, lavish, luscious, plush, rich, precious, valuable, luxurious, grand, superior, deluxe, special, unique, exclusive, extraordinary, vibe, hot, feeling classy, elegant, exquisite, sophisticated, refined, polished, graceful, eloquent, well-mannered, stately, being cheerful, pleasant, charming, pleasing, glowing, sweet, feeling abundant, feeling prosperous, feeling wealthy, feeling generous, feeling rich, feeling spectacular, feeling superabundant, feeling magnificent, feeling ecstatic, plentiful, prolific, good natured, dignified, significant, distinct. . Vital infectious, potent, rampant and addictive positive energy vibe and pulsating vibrations . It is you, you, you and only you have created everything in your life. 100% responsibility for everything in my life from this moment and you have created and you can change it.

 

Be delightful, lovely, beautiful, splendid and gleaning. Chic, stylish, fertile, fruitful, healthy, vitality, grateful, humble, sincere, giving what I want most, absolute commitment, be playful, be passionate, more love, more joy, more happiness, pleasure, focusing on the positive and creating moments.

 

Feeling settled, being confident, feeling blessed, feeling grateful, feeling contentment, appreciated, needed, excited, smiling, whistling, lucky, fortunate, terrific, marvelous, fabulous,  inner becomes outer. Give what I want most.

 

Vibe, superfluous, confidence, faith and knowing, gorgeous, beautiful, lovely, bright, brilliant, extra-ordinary, enormous, centerfold, colorful, dazzling, delightful, dream, drop-dead, easy on the eyes, stunning, sensational, sizzling, elegant, enjoyable, exquisite, fine, flamboyant, foxy*, gaudy, glittering, glorious, good-looking, grand,  impressive, knockout, lavish, lovely, lulu, luxuriant, luxurious, opulent, ostentatious, pleasing, plush, ravishing, splendid,  stunning, sublime, sumptuous, superb, tinkle and sparkling.

 

Champion, winner, successful, chosen one,

 

I just want to feel exhilarated, feel content, feel secure, feel bliss, feel nirvana, feel love, feel laughter, feel happiness, feel joy,  feel like singing, feel like skipping,  be in the sweet spot. Burning desire, think about it clearly with high intensity and high amount of power for over duration,  beaming out this energy feeling good. As often as possible as long as possible. This or better. Don’t worry about the time. I must believe and have no doubt (focusing on the how). Start getting excited with anticipation. It is coming I don’t know how or when. Feeling as though, I already got it even if it off our radar screen. I can feel it that it is there knowingness. Success in life is nothing more than a decision away; it is a decision that you make. When you make a decision to do it,  It is in the sweet spot, you feel the excitement and don’t know how it will happen. Feel perfect, belief is high and desire is lined up with what is best for me. Even if there is a twist and turn, I am getting what I need. The universe is working it. If everything is energy, everything vibrates and I have put out frequencies of what I want and what I don’t want. Power and intensity over long duration those frequencies have manifested. It is you, you, you and only you have created everything in your life. 100% responsibility for everything in my life from this moment and you have created and you can change it. Stop mysticism; blaming outside control. Your brain pulsates vibrations.

 

Supreme confidence of knowing and manifesting: feel good doing the activities that you love consistently and doing the right things regularly even if you don’t see the results.

 

Your number one goal is to feel good right now is an open dialogue, please feel free to comment below.

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Eating times in South Asian Families

Eating times in South Asian Families

Eating times in South Asian Families are usually very later ranging from 9 pm to 12 pm at night. This applies to late breakfast and later dinners.

Besides being late to everything from parties, weddings to fundraisers may be a factor in eating late for South Asian.

However even at homes and restaurants they tend to eat late.

One of the leading causes to loose weight would be eating before 6 pm and having light meals.

Eating times in South Asian Families is also an issue because people go to dinner right away instead of going for a walk or moving around before hitting the sack.

Eating times in South Asian Families is an open dialogue, please feel free to comment below.

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Smoking amongst South Asians

Smoking amongst South Asians

Smoking amongst South Asians is very common even considering that other ethnicities have largerly kicked the habit.

Besides having devastating health impact on the health of the smoker and those getting the second hand smoke, the colour  and vitality on the face of these individuals have disappeared. The smell is disgusting on breath, clothes and hair.

Imagine waking up beside someone who smokes in the middle of the night and taking in the smoke. It is unbelievable.

Most people, especially South Asian man, get addicted at an early age in school. Most cigarette companies give out smokes for free to get these youngsters addicted. Then there is the peer pressure to be cool and try smoking.

On the ladder of development, South Asians have a long way to go, when it comes to different unhealthy habits including smoking.

Smoke Free South Asians

Smoke Free Ontario – Quit You Have It in You!
Provides Quit information Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu

English
French

If you are full of reasons, why you cannot quit smoking. There are hundreds why you should including taking the life of your loved one before their time, especially if they have asthma or some condition that smoking can be fatal.

10 Powerful Tips To Quit Smoking

We Love Cigarettes 

A love of nicotine unites all peoples across the globe, regardless of colour, wealth or creed.

Where religion and politics have failed tobacco has succeeded, but at what cost?

For over 50 years people have been knowingly paying for the pleasure of tobacco with their lives, making man’s fatal tryst with the cigarette one of the strangest love affairs ever.

But as smoking bans in the US and Europe abound, what is happening in poorer nations?

Their love affair is still in its first flush – one third of the world’s cigarettes are smoked in China alone.

And globally the tobacco industry is still worth $430 billion and going strong.

The Tobacco Conspiracy

A history of the tobacco industry’s lies and scams. From the US in 1953 to Africa today, the controversy between individual responsibility and corporate greed is portrayed in a lucid, undaunted manner.

From scientific frauds to working with organized crime, tobacco companies show their hidden agenda more clearly than ever in this theatrically released documentary.

More than three years of investigating all over the world has allowed Nadia Collot to decipher the attitudes of an industry that, in spite of many prevention campaigns still expands its power at the cost of public health. Three aspects of industry behavior are studied:

1. Scientific subversion: proof of the manipulation of scientific evidence and buying out of scientists to maintain controversy over the health issues related to smoking, but even more so today, related to environmental tobacco smoke.

2. Ideological subversion: whether it be through clever and disguised product placements on screen or TV, creating its own biased health messages, implementing subtle and ingenious marketing tactics or using political lobbying manoeuvres, the tobacco industry has gone to unbelievable extents to do what it says it never will.

3. Economic strategies: to develop as fast as possible, to infiltrate closed-market countries, to better reach the young and the poor, smuggling is one of the ways the industry has chosen to organize its international growth.


Stop with the excuses and find the courage and resolve to quit smoking now.

Life is so precious why poison it with smoking???

This is an open dialogue and please comment below.

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Healthy Cooking for South Asians

Healthy Cooking for South Asians

Healthy Cooking for South Asians videos

English

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Hindi

Punjabi

Urdu

Healthy Eating for South Asians outlines simple steps to making healthy choices by adapting traditional South Asian cooking to be more heart healthy.

Healthy Eating fact sheets specific to Bengali, North Indian, South Indian, Sri Lankan, Punjabi, Pakistani & Gujurati cuisine provide food preparation examples & heart-healthy versions of traditional recipes.

 


Heart-Healthy Recipes

Want to try some heart-healthy versions of traditional South Asian recipes? Our dietitians have developed recipes with lower fat and sodium content but they are still delicious and easy to prepare.

Heart- Healthy South Asian Recipes

Toronto Public Health – TransFat Fact Sheets
Two fact sheets developed by Toronto Public Health and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, covering 5 Things You Should Know about TF and 5 Ways to Avoid it, produced in Tamil & Urdu.

English
French

Healthy Cooking for South Asians is an open dialogue and please feel free to comment below.

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Diabetes amongst South Asians

Diabetes amongst South Asians

South Asians are 3 to 5 times more likely to have diabetes compared with other people according to Canadian Journal of Diabetes.

If you go to see a movie in Brampton, Ontario Canada, you will find ads about getting your diabetes checked for South Asians. Considering that risk of diabetes amongst South Asians is high.

Again, the only criticism that I have heard is that don’t take one solution and translate it into different languages. The health organizations need to look at the cultural context and customize the solutions, suggestions and remedies.

Ministry of Health, Ontario – Diabetes Fact Sheets 
A series of type-2 diabetes fact sheets with Information on physical activity, healthy eating, health weight, cholesterol and other issues in Hindi, Tamil & Urdu.

English
French

Canadian Diabetes Association
Just the Basics is a nutrition resource, for educators and anyone affected by diabetes, that has been adapted for the South Asian population.  It includes culturally appropriate portion guides, meal ideas, physical activity tips and healthy lifestyle choices. Additional examples of sample menus, including vegetarian options, are available.  The tool is available online or  in print, in four languages—Hindi, Punjabi, English and French. diabetes.ca

Lifestyle choices have a big impact on health risks for South Asians.
Here are some frequently asked questions about diabetes amongst South Asians.
Although diabetes is a common trend amongst South Asians world wide, however Canada is brining this health risk to surface and doing something about it.
Diabetes soaring among South Asians

Diabetes amongst South Asian is being talked about, researched and solutions are being formulated.

Learn about Diabetes amongst South Asians in detail here.

This is an open dialogue, please feel free to contribute to the comments below.
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Three to Five Fold Increase Risk of Heart Attack And Death Amongst South Asians

Three to Five Fold Increase Risk of Heart Attack And Death Amongst South Asians

Public Service Announcements - VideosAccording to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Three to Five Fold Increase Risk of Heart Attack And Death Amongst South Asians.

A South Asian friend of mine recently told me that his father and brother in law passed away because of heart attack. As in any culture, there seems to be trends of pre-dominant diseases, amongst South Asians heart attach is one of predominant silent killers.

The only criticism that I have received so far about current resources is that we cannot take a generic solution and translate it to fit the needs of a particular ethnicity without understanding it. Any work in the right direction is a good start.

There are several resources to learn about decreasing the risk of heart attack.

Following are resources from Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada:

Taking Control: Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
This brochure covers the risk factors for heart disease and stroke (1-2 pages for each risk factor), warning signs for heart attack and stroke, as well as the importance of being trained in CPR/AED.

Hindi
Punjabi
Tamil
Urdu

Public Service Announcements

The following television and radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) address the largest concerns affecting the heart health of the South Asian communities. Available in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu, the PSA topics are CPR, Ethnicity Factors, Healthy Eating, Heart Attack Warning Signs and Physical Activity.

Watch the Videos:
English versions
Hindi versions
Punjabi versions
Tamil versions
Urdu versions

Listen to the radio:

English Hindi Punjabi Tamil Urdu
CPR
Ethnicity Factors
Healthy Eating
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Physical Activity
CPR
Ethnicity Factors
Healthy Eating
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Physical Activity
CPR
Ethnicity Factors
Healthy Eating
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Physical Activity
CPR
Ethnicity Factors
Healthy Eating
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Physical Activity
CPR
Ethnicity Factors
Healthy Eating
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Physical Activity

Videos

The Story of Every Heart

Featuring the original serial, Dil Dil Ki Kahani, this video follows the story of Raj and his family as they learn about their risk factors and warning signs for heart disease and stroke. People of South Asian descent are at a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, at a much younger age, than the general population. This video covers the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and being smoke free to prevent heart disease and stroke. Choose from 5 languages; Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu or English. Running time: 23 minutes.

Watch the video:

Hindi
Punjabi
Urdu
Tamil
English

 Ashok’s Story

This video tells  the true story of Ashok, a South Asian family man as he prepares for, undergoes and recovers from, triple bypass surgery at only 39 years of age. It features actual footage from his cardiac surgery. English only. Running time: 14 minutes.

Ashok’s Story (English)  Ashok’s Story
(Muslim Community version with introduction by Imam Yusuf Badat and Imam Habeeb Alli)The Warning Signs of Stroke video covers the 5 signs of stroke and how to respond. The video is 30 seconds in length.

Watch the video:

Hindi Version
Punjabi Version
Tamil Version
Urdu Version

Get Your Blood Pressure Under Control
Do you know your numbers?

Get your blood pressure under control - PunjabiAlmost half of people with high blood pressure do not know they have it. High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because there are usually no symptoms. High blood pressure can double or even triple your risk of heart disease or stroke and increase your risk of kidney disease. Whether you are young or old, male or female, have your blood pressure checked by a healthcare professional at least once every two years.

Know and control your blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with, or are at increased risk for, high blood pressure (hypertension) then this resource will help you manage it.

Punjabi (PDF, 4,536 KB]
English (PDF,968 KB)
French (PDF, 873 KB)

Interactive e-tools

Heart & Stroke Action plans designed to help you manage your health.  With these interactive and easy-to-use e-tools, you’ll be able to set and achieve goals to manage your blood pressure or achieve a healthy weight and keep track of important details such as medications and appointments. The first step is to take the assessment in order to be directed to the plan that’s right for you. The assessment is based on well-researched science. It’s free, confidential and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

My Blood Pressure Action Plan
Interactive tools to track your blood pressure readings, set goals, access useful information and more. Take the assessment 

This is an open dialogue about Three to Five Fold Increase Risk of Heart Attack And Death Amongst South Asians.

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Aids in South Asians

Aids in South Asians

Aids in South Asians is one of those topics that we broom it under a rug. No human beings are immune from problems including health issues.

In most South Asian communities, the stigma of same sex partners is hidden as many other issues.

Alliance for South Asians Aids Prevention ASAAP is one of those courageous and outspoken organizations providing services to our community.

Their programs and resources are very useful.

Read about Aids by South Asian country

Understanding Aids in South Asia 

Barriers for South Asian women in discussing aids and other sexual health issues

Sex is such a taboo subject in South Asian communities that it would be difficult for women to bring up the use of condoms, discussing sexual problems with health care practitioners and seeking help.

Here is an introduction video about aids in South Asia

An outcry to stop aids in South Asians

Challenges in getting proper care for South Asian aids patients

We must accept the fact that such things exist in our culture and then take measures to stop, resolve or remedy the situation. By not speaking about it, the problem would not go away by itself.

A silent killer is worst than a known enemy.

May it be in North America or South Asia, aids is deadly.

This is an open dialogue, please feel free to comment below about Aids in South Asians.

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