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Start to a Positive Life in Pune: HIV Couples Marry

by Tanya Thomas on  January 22, 2010 at 8:32 AM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
 Start to a Positive Life in Pune: HIV Couples Marry
In Pune, five HIV/AIDS afflicted couples entered wedded bliss on Monday.

Their marriage was solemnised as per traditional Hindu wedding rites in the city's Suyog Hall.
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"We need support and company. We get help from the rotary club. More things like this should happen in the society," said Lonar, a groom.

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Several NGOs like the Network of Positive People, Manavya, Rotary Clubs, Lokmanya and West End, working amongst the HIV positive people, pitched in to make the weddings a reality.

"Some NGOs together decided that we arrange their marriages to provide a complete married life. Perhaps they will get psycho-social support," said Anjali Yadav, a member of Network of Positive People, an NGO.

India has 5.13 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the second largest number after South Africa, but voluntary agencies and UNAIDS, the UN's anti-AIDS agency, say the figure is too low and many cases go unreported.

Source: ANI
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