This woman, tested for HIV at the age of 15, has changed the lives of thousands of HIV-positive women in rural Rajasthan.

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I have read and studied the background of the news topics for which I need to interview. She married at 12, tested positive at 15, contracted AIDS, lost a child at 14 and immediately witnessed the death of her husband. I will be shocked if the above mentioned dangerous situations happen to me. Broken to the point. When I dialed her number, I hoped that the same feeling would be reflected in my messages when she went to the other end.

She was well received! But, on the other hand, the voice is by no means weak. she has not shown anyone in his condition what is usually to be expected. Made to compel. This gets rid of aspirations. Trying not to part with life is in vain. This was her first interaction with Akanksha (her name did not change because the news topic disgraced her personality and status, but she wanted to save her loved ones from social obedience).

Akanksha Singh (name change) grew up in a village near Nasirabad in the Ajmer region. The father, who works as a driver, and the mother, who manages a small plot of land, live in Akanksha and his family easier than ever. But when Akankshi’s father died unexpectedly, Shin’s proverb came out. Akanksha was 12 years old at the time.

The death of his father broke his financial foundation. To keep up with her family income and increase it, Akanksha dropped out of school and just finished sixth grade. “I started out as a worker, one day on the farm and one day on the construction site. Almost 30 rupees (about 50 cents) a day were paid for this work. I skipped school but had to work. Akanksha remembers one. A bit of hiccups and once – this was the only time I felt a hint of sadness in his voice while talking.

As cultural traditions developed in rural Rajasthan and elsewhere in India, Akanksha married a man who was at least 10 years old, at the age of 13. Akanksha gave birth to a child at the age of 14. However, the boy only lasted the first 14 days of his life.

Akanksha did not even have the opportunity to recover and overcome grief when her husband was diagnosed with HIV. Then Akanksha was 15 years old, and for the first time he would have heard the words “HIV and AIDS”. “I have never heard of this illness. I felt that he might have had the flu, but that’s not the only shock I’m experiencing,” Akanksha recalls.

The Rajasthan region of Nasirabad is well known for its many HIV patients. When her husband’s test results were released, the local hospital also forced her to be tested. He tested positive for HIV.

Her parents refused to accept her condition and accused her of the ineffectiveness of Western medicine. However, tests in larger specialized hospitals give the same results. Then Akanksha’s broken life turned to dust. Her husband died three years later at the age of 18. Childless and sick with AIDS, she was accused of being an outcast of his mother-in-law. Unable to overcome his depression, Akan Ksha returned to the village with little hope of returning to life.

“I continue to look for work in the village. Then I discovered that this NGO is working to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in rural areas of Rajasthan. My illicit sex gets in the way of me, but it helps me talk openly about women like me and have a passion for working with them. I started HIV education as a volunteer at a public hospital in Nasirabad. There, men, women and children were consulted about their HIV status. It was called Akanksha.

In 2006, Akanksha was introduced to PWN and began recruiting people living with HIV, training healthcare providers and providing social services to all team members without stigma. Since 2006, Saksham has connected 3,100 women, 1,500 men and 1,411 children to government ART centers in Nasirabad and Ajmer. A monthly group of 30 volunteers and one staff member spends six hours of 1 session with 20-60 women in need of ART and nutritional advice. Currently, 85 women have access to food directly from the office in Saksham Ajmer every month. Saksham volunteers are also aware of government health care providers.

.In addition to people with HIV, Akankshi’s work includes those who can be influenced by loved ones who have been diagnosed with HIV. Saksham helped about 15-20 women are already active members of the positive network at the district level, some are typists, Anganwadi workers, and one is their own NGO.

Through the outreach program, Akanksha and his colleagues reached nearly 6,000 people and helped them gain accurate information on future treatments.

“Discrimination is rampant among women, including men. To test positive for HIV, you are a social outcast, deprived of comfort and love. We always want to work for these people. When we talk about my story, look. I am a survivor. Determine the length of our life according to our illness. Make sure all are not lost. Hope has hope, but not in our life. “ Akanksha melts and she and she. Let’s touch on the indicated energy of infectiousness.

Saksham is currently working with minimal resources. Akanksha works for Angandwadi workers to support Saksham’s operating budget. “We need money, but even if someone could volunteer to help us organize and generalize our research methods, that would be of great help,” she said.

 Even at the end of the interview, I thought about it. I heard her story, understood her condition, emphasized her loss and witnessed her rebirth. But I cannot imagine how a person with a terminal illness like AIDS is not shy, but so persistent and full of hope. Akansha gave me a simple answer. There will be a problem. But it’s not that they burden you and touch you in a way that you don’t. My problem is AIDS. For others, you may lose your job. In any case, the main thing is to believe that there are no individual obstacles and there are obstacles during progress.