HIV couples enter wedlock

Life hasn’t been easy for Sanjay and Anuradha. They suffered the first blow when they discovered they were HIV-infected. The second blow came when both lost their spouses to AIDS soon after.

But on Friday, the two entered wedlock and decided to face the struggles of life as people living with HIV.

The two met at the matrimonial meet organised by the Spandana Network of Positive People on Thursday. Seven other couples found each other at the meet, of which two couples decided to get married on Friday.

With Sanjay and Anuradha, 28-year-old Amith and 23-year-old Namitha also got married at the Ganesha temple at Ansurkar Galli  in the presence of their families.

“With HIV, life is tough and we are faced with many health complications. One needs a companion to share the pain and we are happy to have found each other,” the newly married couples said.As many as 18 women and 36 men took part in the matrimonial meet.

Mahantesh Mali, chairperson of Spandana, said matrimonial meets are organised to drive home the message that people living with HIV/AIDS can lead a normal life. “This way, we are also curbing the spread of HIV,” he added.(Names of the HIV positive individuals have been changed to protect their identity)

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