The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

International News

India: HIV Positive Patients Start a Support Group

November 29, 2012

Several HIV-positive patients in Nashik, India, have formed a support group called Network of People and Children Living with HIIV (NPCLH) and registered it as a charity organization. The organization, composed of two men and five women, aims to not only identify HIV patients and fight for their health care issues, but also to strengthen confidence among persons with HIV, help them regain self respect, and improve their quality of life. The organization began two years ago and was given a legal framework in October 2012. A nongovernmental organization, Yash Foundation, has helped and guided NPCLH. Members of NPCLH have visited treatment centers to interact with other patients, fought for proper treatment for patients in hospitals, traced and counseled patients and their relatives, cooked meals for patients and their families during hospital stays, and provided legal aid.

The group has also worked to rehabilitate people based on their education and ability to work. NPCLH works with 300 HIV-positive people. Some women who are not willing or are unable to leave their homes to work are provided with work that they can do from home. A large number of people with HIV have been employed in engineering, pharmaceuticals, and other companies. The organization is planning to open a hostel to house women and children and maybe some men. They have received donations of money for the project, but have not yet found available land.

Back to other news for November 2012

Adapted from:
Times of India
11.28.2012; Abhilash Botekar

  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
See Also
More on HIV/AIDS in India

No comments have been made.

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining: