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HIV/AIDS: Staying positive

Profile of Lankan HIV/AIDS activist Hans Billimoria, who helps coordinate the ‘Wake Up Pune’ (WUP) Campaign in Pune, India, and whose activities are partly funded by the Church of Scotland’s HIV/AIDS Project.

“I believe strongly that ‘Stigma Kills’. It’s not the lack of access to medication, information or resources that kill most PLHIV, it’s being ostracised and condemned by their families and society that does it!

Once, a mother locked her HIV positive daughter in a back room, cut a hole in the bottom of the door and fed her through it like a dog. A bank manager dropped off his wife at our centre and never sighted the place again. Upon her death, when we called him, he claimed it was a wrong number.”

• Full story at the Sunday Times, Columbo.

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