Amrita (pictured on the left) is 25 years old, and has recently completed her Auxiliary Nurse Midwife studies.
Six years ago, Amrita was infected with HIV by her boyfriend, now her husband. She frequently fell sick and also suffered from TB. She was very worried about her health.
One day she had the opportunity to attend an orientation session on HIV and AIDS organised by Nawa Jeevan Sewa Samaj (NJSS). There she came to understand about HIV transmission and prevention.
Knowing that NJSS provides support for HIV positive people, she asked them for help and was enrolled as a Community Home-Based Care beneficiary. Amrita’s health gradually improved. Now her CD4 count (ability to fight infection) has doubled and she is more optimistic about life.
With encouragement from NJSS and her parents, Amrita decided that she wanted to help other people with HIV. She has joined NJSS as a home-based caregiver. She now nurses and assists her clients and feels proud of herself for serving them.
Once she had lost her way and her hope, but now she is living a dignified life. She is now a real role model to many other HIV positive people.