An inspiring story was recently published on India
HIV/AIDS Alliance blog, about an HIV patient who has dealt with the condition
and not allowed the disease to dominate his life.
destroyed the lives of a large number of people. Men have lost their jobs,
women have been ostracized and children have been abandoned. Today, however,
there has been a change, though subtle, in the recent years in people's
approach to the disease. Yet finally, it remains a fight of the affected
person, who can lead a normal life if he/she does not give up.
One person who did not give up is today working for
other people with HIV. Diagnosed in 1997, he was devastated by the diagnosis.
To add to his woes, medications were available at an exorbitant cost. However
over the years, he started working with other HIV patients and started looking
at life more positively. With the government announcing free anti
in 2003, things looked even positive for him, and now
he has completed 21years with the disease and is still going strong.
Though it may be easy to say, being diagnosed with
should not be considered the end of the road. First of all, treatment is more
easily available and free in India. It is therefore possible to lead a normal
life to a large extent. The disease does not just spread by touch; thus you do
not need feel guilty that you will pass on the condition to your friends and
appeared, there was a general fear of the disease. But the united fight by
patients, the healthcare, the government and non-government organizations, has
reduced the impact of the disease and helped patients to form a part of the
mainstream of life.