Thoughts on a day that has become the symbolism of our fight against HIV-AIDS – the fight seeds of which were sown 30 years ago.

Thoughts go to our brothers and sisters who are putting a brave front to recollect their lives while fighting the deadliest epidemic of the modern world that has snatched away over 25 million lives from us since its first recorded case in 1984.

Thoughts on a day that symbolizes our efforts, that tells how painstakingly the humankind has been trying to taken on and win the battle against HIV-AIDS, and that also tells how many of us make many lives more miserable and hurt the fight against the epidemic.

Yes, they can beat the odds better if we let them cruise along.

Yes, they can, and in fact they are entitled to, live livelier, complete and for many more years, like you and me, if we let ourselves to tag along them.

They are just like you and me, the perfect normal beings with the elements that define perfection in us, if there has to be some.

They are not ill. They are not inflicted with some disease. Even those in advanced stages of infection, leading to the AIDS stage from the HIV infection, can have a prolonged life with the medication available. With the treatment regime available so far, people affected with HIV-AIDS can live normal life for their entire lifetime, the ‘entirety’ that you and I have.

Then why is the stigma, the social apathy, the discrimination, the hostile attitude?

The people from among us, million have lost their lives so far, millions are still affected with new cases, new infections adding up to the statistics, they are not going to inflict us, they are not going to impose on us any sort of burden that they have been forced to carry. Science tell us. Social science tells us.

All they want is rightfully theirs.

Sharing our lives socially with them is going to make us sick – a maniacal mindset that cripples even doctors in many places – has no scientific and medical sanctity – and we all know it – it is just that we don’t want to believe in.

All they want is the peace and the dignity that we all aspire for. All they want is this stigma to be done away with. All they want is the psychological support to deal with a certain possibility that can take their lives away prematurely if left unattended or if taken carelessly.

After all, it is the common sense that says levels of stress seriously affect the way the body keeps medicines away or affects the way medicines work on us.

And this absence of common sense in us kills scores of HIV infected people much before time. We socially ostracise them. Families break ties. Society becomes hostile. And it breaks lives – psychologically, financially – and then physiologically – that is exacerbated with extreme levels of stress. We are murderers on the job here. We are mercenaries on the prowl.

All they want is all that you and I want – a respect for life and individuality – that we need to give them – we are answerable to them – after countless HIV-AIDS deaths caused due to social stigma – inflicted by us.

Yes, there have been chances. Yes, there are chances. The ongoing meticulous work, allowing the affected people to live healthier and live longer, a normal life span, just like you and me, is real, unlike our misplaced, ill-conceived insecurities that push us to discriminate against our brothers and sisters.

— When they haven’t done anything to push us to do so.

A UNAIDS report says – Serious, even life-threatening exposure to violence, stigma, loss of family, employment and property can and often do result when people are revealed as living with HIV.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –


Thoughts for us and our our brothers and sisters whom we deny the life that is rightfully theirs – in the name of silly and misplaced reasons – reasons that can never be reasoned for..

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I am just like you
I won’t say you to tag me along
But I won’t let you
To name call, to tag me wrong

I am just like you don’t you see
We look the same, we sound alike
I may have even the better view
Don’t you know the road I take
Shares the homes we are from
Why then you change the course
Whenever we share the it
And we reciprocate the view

I am just like you, and like you
I have my own problems
The many problems that a life faces
And has to be taken on alone
Yes, I have the one that I would pray
You and anyone should never have
Yes, I may be left with fewer days
Than what you wish to have for you

But, that is for me to face
After all, who has been able
To defy the permanence of death
Yes, I may stay less to see
But that doesn’t mean
I can’t see more of the world
Than what you wish to see
Yes, I am just like you

Yes, I am HIV Positive
But, I have learnt to see
That as just another way of life
Living positively, staying dignified
Just like you aspire to become
There is much common to us
Taking on life, looking at it every day
As you do, yes, I am just like you

Yes, I have greater visible risks
Yes, life is more unpredictable now
But, I know my alternatives
That you also know
That you also can believe in
It’s just a matter of faith
In living and let live in harmony
Don’t you see I look just like you

I am not just about numbers
I was not born to add to statistics
I am not ill, it’s just a possibility
The certainty of which can be pushed
Yes, I am well, just like you feel
I, too have a past, just like you
And my today thinks a future as well
Where I see the road going ahead

I have had my faith questioned
And my chances reassessed
And they have shown the way
Where you can help me stay longer
After all, it’s the love that heals us first
After all, it’s the hate that kills us first
Can’t you feel, please don’t classify
I am still the same I used to be

I am just like you
I won’t say you to tag me along
But I won’t let you
To name call, to tag me wrong

Yes, I am HIV Positive..But I am just like you..
..And unlike you..I am POSITIVE

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©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –