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India Body Maps
Gouri Narayan (TICAH & Point of View)
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I come from north Karnataka. When I was eight months pregnant, I took an Elisa test, which showed that I was HIV-positive. But I decided that I would not have an abortion.

I asked my husband to have an Elisa test as well, and soon we found that he too was HIV-positive. We were scared so we kept this a secret and continued to live a normal family life. But somehow my husband’s brother and his wife found out about our secret. This hurt my husband, and he became very depressed. Soon, he died. He was forty-one years old when he died, and I was twenty-six.

Later, one of his friends told me that he had had gonorrhea. I was not aware of so many things. I didn’t know that he had a balance of Rupees 3.5 Lakh in the bank, and owned four shops and four houses which were rented out. All the records about his property were with his brother. Today, my brother-in-law harasses me a lot, causing me a lot of mental anguish and depression.

But today I lead a healthy life. I have learned a lot through my uncle, who had organized a program on naturopathy, in which I was a participant. I too follow naturopathy and have changed my food habits.

My future plans include growing medicinal plants on my five-acre land and helping positive people to find work. I will do my best for the welfare of HIV-positive people.

On my body map, I have drawn my children and a heart because I love them a lot. I want to be like the tree that I have drawn, giving shelter to positive people like me. I have written the following words, which is my personal philosophy: “Live and let live. HIV-positive people need strength and support, not pity.”

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In June 2005, a group of HIV-positive women in India, Kenya, and Thailand used the technique of body mapping to share new and creative methods of staying healthy, treating illness, and keeping hope alive. Through these maps, the women display how their identities – as positive women, mothers, daughters, wives, lovers, community members, leaders, teachers, and professionals – shape their choices, and how their dreams shape their health. Our Positive Bodies (a.k.a. “Body Maps”) is a celebration of the identities of positive women and the power of art to strengthen and inspire others.
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Daniella Montemarano (Botswana)
This is beautiful! I am a Peace Corps Volunteer, and I help run Teen Club in Maun, Botswana. Teen Club is the local support group for HIV+ teenagers. This would be a great activity to adapt for one of our meetings. Thank you for the inspiration!
Raj Kumar (India)
It's very encouraging to read your life's ups and downs. It would be very helpful for others if you can write about Naturopathy. Thank you and strength to you.
Amy Andrews (United Kingdom)
There needs to be more people like you who are brave enough to speak out about issues with HIV/AIDS.
Grace Kadzere (South Africa)
l do not know about other nations but SA is risng up so much and l believe when it comes to HIV they are doing the best they can for women despite the fact that when it comes to rape our women are still oppressed..
Imagining Ourselves Team (United States)
Do you think that there is enough support for women with HIV/AIDS?
 
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