“My name is Pritam Lama*. I am 29 years old and live in a rural district of Nepal. My wife and two daughters lived with me in the village. But I had friends who were a bad influence on me and I started drinking alcohol and smoking drugs with them.
"Consequently, my family left me and they returned to my wife’s family home. I then started to drink and smoke even more. Around this time I went India for work, I was lonely and started visiting brothels. By the time I came home to my village I was sick and skinny.
“Some months ago, my parents admitted me to hospital. The doctor recognized that I had TB. So, he gave me treatment for that, and whilst in that situation I got another report that I am HIV positive. My sister and my brother were at the hospital but they did not help me. Thankfully an AIDSLink staff member supported me and helped me to get treatment.
“Whilst in hospital the counselor told me that AIDSLink has a care center for people who are HIV positive, and I can go and stay there whilst I start my ART medication, so I did that. I was very happy, and the care center became like my home, the hospitality was very good, all the staff members treated me well and made feel very comfortable. After 14 days of treatment I went back to my home.
“Now I am feeling very good and healthy. Thank you AIDSLink Nepal family for your good hospitality and caring for me.”