Institute for Community Research
Alcohol, Sexual Risk and HIV Prevention in Mumbai, India

Alcohol, Sexual Risk and HIV Prevention in Mumbai, India

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Alcohol, Sexual Risk and HIV Prevention in Mumbai, India

This three-year study investigated how alcohol may contribute to  risky sexual activities that lead to HIV transmission among married and unmarried men and their sexual partners in three low income slums in the Mumbai metropolitan area. As data were collected, stakeholders from these communities were partnering with researchers to develop culturally specific interventions that simultaneously address HIV transmission rates on the individual, family and community levels. In particular, researchers explored the role that migration (from rural areas to Mumbai) played in exposing networks of men to alcohol, drugs and unprotected sex and the role of long term residence in Mumbai as a risk factor. Unique features of the study were its attention to social scripting of drinking and sex and the role of social geography in contributing to drinking and associated sexual behaviors and social risk. The study also strengthened the capacity of Mumbai’s International Institute for Population Sciences to integrate qualitative and quantitative research.

Project Staff

Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Marlene Berg, MUP.
Associate Director for Training
Ellen Cromley, Ph.D.
Medical Geographer

Kamla Gupta, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
S.K. Singh, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Subrata Lahiri, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Madhusudana Battala
Senior Research Officer
Ruchi Sogarwal, Ph.D.
Senior Research Officer
Prabhat Kumar, M.A.
Research Officer
Chandrashekhar Joshi
Research Officer
Ajeet Kumar
Community Worker
Deepak S. Supe
Community Worker
T.S. Badve

Stephen Schensul, Ph.D.
Tom Babor, Ph.D.


Please read the project abstract here.


Please read the project findings here.