Wash Saves Him from Near Death
Satya Narain, a resident of Deoria U.P had to shift base to Lucknow after learning about his positive status in March 2007. His was from a reputed family of the village and he did not wish to face glares from the community.
He had met with an accident whereby his elder brother donated blood to him. His brother was later detected HIV positive. Satya Narain had constant fever and regular bouts of diarrhea and was tested positive for HIV with his CD4 count at 468. He felt that since he was nearing death he should spend the days left in service of others who are +ve. He contacted sector institutions that worked for HIV/AIDs but his physical condition kept detoriating. His CD4 fell to 49 and he had to be put on ART. His was a difficult life. He hired a small room in the out skirts of Lucknow city where he started living with his wife, a young HIV positive girl whom he met during his therapy. The two decided to marry but not have children rather support his late brother’s children.
Satya Narain,s commitment to the people affected by his HIV/AIDS got him a job at the Community Care Centre(CCC ) as on ORW (outreach worker). He realized that it was his positive thinking, adherence to medicines, personal hygiene, habit of washing hands at critical stages regular usage of sanitation services that has helped him live this long and made him healthier. He now weighs 46 kg and has a CD4 count of 1035. “I have not a single bout of diarrhea for the past two years”. He confesses, excitedly “that all this is because I have now learnt how important it is to inculcate WASH habits. I will now share this knowledge I have gained with others so that they may also increase their CD4 count like me and live a long healthy and happy life like me.”