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"One always hears about Aids and how it's this big problem. But I have personally never come across anyone with Aids or seen anyone dying of the disease," he says.

"I think it's just hype."

Taboo topic

But it's a problem which is not just confined to the poor or uneducated, or even the conservative.

It spreads across Indian society.

In a trendy Bombay cafe young men and women draw on cigarettes and sip long cocktails.

They are part of cosmopolitan Bombay's elite - upwardly mobile, liberal and well-informed.

This is one section of Indians who are more open to talking about Aids - but they would never think of doing so at home.

"It has to do with sex and that's something which is an absolute taboo," says twenty-something Rocky Bhatia.

"Most families simply will not bring it up."

Sign of hope

But there's hope at the other end of the social divide.

Falkland Road right in the heart of the city is Bombay's red light district.

For years activists have worked closely with the sex workers operating out of tiny rooms and filthy alleyways off this busy street.

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My question is on the following sentence of the above:
"It has to do with sex and that's something which is an absolute taboo," says twenty-something Rocky Bhatia.

I can't fathom twenty-something Rocky Bhatia.

Rocky Bhatia is a name of a person. If this person is in his twenties, you wouldn't write twenty-something, would you?
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If you know that a person is between twenty and thirty but you are not sure about the exact age, you can say "twenty-something". The same with "thirty-something", "forty-something", "fifty-something", etc.
I'm not sure if this is considered informal, though. Perhaps someone can add something or correct me, if I'm wrong.Emotion: wink
Hi Andrei!
I feel that if you are uncertain about a person's age with some guess you can also say for eg.
"He is in his early 20's or late 20's"
Are u satisfied?