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The Positive Side: A Glimpse

He knows the pain and stigma. In his last few years, he wants to tell others about aids.

The Positive Side: A Glimpse
The Positive Side: A Glimpse Nirala Tripathi

It seemed like just another regulation attack of diarrhoea but when 32-year-old Naresh Yadav went to his doctor in Panvel, outside Mumbai, his world came crashing down. He was HIV positive. With that grim face doctors assume on such occasions, came the fact: he had hardly 4-5 years more. Later when his wife was tested, it was discovered that she too had been infected by the virus. "I didn’t know what to do. I decided to fulfil things I always wanted do." He wound up his lab equipment distribution business and made plans to go on pilgrimage.

Surprisingly, Naresh returned from the spiritual journey energetic and confident. For the first time, he began looking at HIV as any other infection. He learnt that if treated at the right time with the right kind of medication, an infected person can live normally. There were two options before him—accept fate and wait morosely for death or fight and live like a survivor—he opted for the second.

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