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The marriage market for Indian HIV patients | DW Documentary

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Published on 01 Jun 2021 / In People & Blogs

One doctor in India gave many of her HIV/AIDs patients hope by helping them find partners. More than two million Indians are HIV positive. Many conceal their illness because of the stigma.

Doctor and microbiologist Suniti Solomon was a pioneer in India in the field of HIV and AIDs. She diagnosed the first AIDs cases on the subcontinent among prostitutes in Chennai. But she also made a name for herself because of her matchmaking. She gave new hope to patients who had become isolated because of the social stigma attached to the disease, bringing together countless couples, such as Karthik and Manu. With the doctor’s help, they found each other, a new life, and a new outlook on living with HIV. Suniti Solomon died in 2015.

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