The many accounts of positive people being denied healthcare must be recorded to remind us that things haven't changed much over the years.
The Indian Express (May 22, 2009) reports on a patient who approached the Uttar Pradesh government's Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital and was initially refused treatment for an infection. When he was finally admitted, a sign was placed above his bed saying ‘HIV’. The words ‘HIV’ were removed after a protest from the Allahabad Network for People Living with HIV Positive, but was replaced with the words ‘ART’ and a red ribbon. To add insult to injury, the patient's attendants were asked to buy gloves and other material from the market and also to dress the wound themselves. The superintendent of the hospital is quoted as saying that she provided five medical kits for the treatment of the patient. Presumably this is to indicate that care was given. (SAATHII)