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Running from pillar to post to get blood for HIV positive patient

2 September, 2021

Ramesh (name changed), a 25-year-old man came to the Antiretroviral Therapy Centre (ART) located at the National Institute of TB and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) in Delhi in a critical health condition. He is a registered HIV positive patient at this ART Centre. During the clinical examination, he fainted at the doctor’s table, without any attendant to support the patient, the doctor immediately called our outreach worker, Balwant who rushed to…

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Battling HIV and Stigma

14 January, 2019

Only a year into her marriage, Dimple had to care for her sick husband who quickly became bedridden. Next, she found out that they are both HIV positive. “My in-laws hurled abuses at me blaming me for infecting my husband”. After months of emotional and verbal abuse, she went to live with her parents. They supported her for treatment. She interacted with NGO workers and learnt the importance of adhering…

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Nurturing a new generation

5 October, 2018

Raanu (name changed) is living with HIV but that didn’t stop her from experiencing the joys of motherhood. She did have to take extra care to protect her unborn child from getting infected with HIV. During her hospital visits, she met Pinkiben who helped her with all the information and advice she needed as an HIV+ pregnant woman. Pinkiben herself has been living with HIV for the last 9 years…

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From heartbroken to a heart filled with love: Story of Amruta Soni

14 June, 2018

Amruta Soni didn’t have an easy life. However, she did not lose hope, each time she chose to overcome the challenges and build a respectful life. She started her career with an active involvement with non-profit organisations, today, she is a well-known activist and social worker in Darbhanga district, Bihar. She is often invited to various forums as a speaker and takes lead in implementing HIV response programmes in Darbhanga…

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Amit’s life

What will Amit’s life be like?

7 March, 2017

Sleepless and anxious for two nights with this question, she just prayed that her son did not have HIV. A day earlier Reema, then 23, had tested positive and was advised to get her two and half year old son tested immediately. With tears rolling down thinking of how her son would cope with questions from society, she went ahead and signed the consent form for testing. The two days’…

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Empowering lives, ensuring dignity

7 March, 2017

An auto-rickshaw driver from Bangalore, Siddaraju, was worried about the future of his family as his wife and two children were living with HIV, and he was the sole earning member of his family. At the Care and Support Centre (CSC), he had an in-depth discussion about his concerns regarding his financial situation, especially if he met with an accident. Keeping these concerns in mind, the CSC helped link his…

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hope and resilience

Lighting up a life: A story of hope and resilience

7 March, 2017

Having lost her parents to HIV at the age of two, fourteen year old Deepa was herself noticed by the staff at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) due to her continuously deteriorating health. Suspecting serious health issues, the nurse shared her concerns with Asha, an outreach worker (ORW) with India HIV/AIDS Alliance in Kasaragod district of Kerala. Soon Deepa – who has been living with her maternal uncle – had…

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OUTREACH WORKER

THE STORY OF AN OUTREACH WORKER: Sharing her learning to save lives

28 March, 2017

Chanumolu contracted HIV from her husband. Now widowed, she shares her story with others to encourage spousal testing and stress the importance of anti-retroviral treatment. Chanumolu was not told about her husband’s HIV status before their wedding. He died five years into their marriage, leaving her to support herself and their daughter. After working as a bookkeeper for women’s self-help groups, Chanumolu became an outreach worker in an HIV-TB reduction…

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FROM DESPAIR TO PERSONAL PRIDE: Sharing stories, changing minds

28 March, 2017

A 40-year old husband and father living with HIV, Gnanendra has moved from despair at his diagnosis to pride at helping reduce the incidence of HIV infection in his slum. Gnanendra felt terrible when he learned he was HIV-positive, and his wife’s family wanted her to leave him. With support from our outreach workers, Gnanendra now works with a mobile counseling and testing unit. He gets a lot of satisfaction…

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