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An AIDS patient strives to eradicate HIV stigma from society
Mukesh Nair, an AIDS patient doesn't want to crib and suffer a silent death. He has instead chosen to educate people about the fatal disease.

WITH CONFIDENCE and willpower, a person can overcome all odds and even deadly diseases. My life may be short but my mission is to spend the remaining days of my life in making people aware about the deadly HIV and AIDS, says K Mukesh Nair, an AIDS patient, suffering from the disease for last 11 years.

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Hailing from Kerala, brought up in old Bhilai and now the President of Chhattisgarh Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS (CNPLHA) that spread AIDS awareness among the people, Nair is fighting for eradicating HIV stigma from society. He is putting all efforts for improving the life of HIV positive persons across the state.

In his battle against the dreadful virus, Nair is confident and strength personified. The harsh realities of the infection have not only made him strong but also made him a kind human being, who is ready to go all the way to make sure that his state (being an HIV patient) does not get repeated in society.

 

At the age of 18 years during one of the blood donation programs, he came to know of this reality. “After knowing about the incident I was shocked and owing to the fear of rejection by family members and society I hid the reality for almost 7 years and took medicines secretly,” said Nair.

After 7 years, when his family forced him for marriage, he revealed the fact. “Instead of rejection I received immense support from my family members as well as friends and they are my source of inspiration to fight against the disease,” asserted Nair.

Speaking about his mission, Nair said that during treatment at ICTC centre, he met two people named Ajay and Vijay (volunteers of State AIDS Control Society). With their cooperation he joined the NGO titled CNPLHA and started working as an AIDS Counselor. “Our NGO works for HIV patients coming from poor backgrounds and provides medicines to them,” said Nair.

He was of the opinion that compared to other states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand programs for HIV affected people in Chhattisgarh are very low and need to be improved. In Chhattisgarh, neither the patient gets pension nor suitable jobs. Till date his NGO has facilitated 250 patients with medicines and fought for their cause.

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