Love and Support for people living with HIV/AIDS
To say that there is no life after HIV infection is to be quoting a lie. Over the years, persons who were infected were led to believe this farce and unfortunately became victims of depression and frustration, and eventually succumbed to death. Sadly, in countries around the world, this belief is still prevalent. But after six years of working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Guyana, I have concluded that HIV is not a death sentence. Yes, it is a disease with potentially devastating consequences, but with love, care and support, a person’s life can be extended.
In February 2010, during my first residential in India, this fact was reinforced to me. I was privileged to meet a HIV+ young woman who shared a powerful story, a story of rejection and hopelessness that transitioned into hope and the desire to live again. Becoming involved in the work of the late Dr. Raj Arole and his team in Jamkhed was empowering and also equipped her with practical skills that influenced her outlook on life. Today, she is a role model to many women in her community, especially those living with HIV/AIDS.