Chitra currently takes Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) from Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
Towards the end of 2019 she experienced prolonged pain in her stomach. She was then diagnosed with cervical cancer. This left her with no choice but to give up her job as a supervisor in a beverage company which was her only source of income. It is a great challenge for her to get medical help as she is affected by both HIV and cancer. Chitra is a member of the Positive Women Network (PWN) and getting the psychological and treatment support PWN helped her to admit herself in Royapettah Government Hospital for her cancer treatment. PWN is supporting her with the monthly ration through local resource mobilisation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the lockdown, PWN provided her with rations and Anti-retroviral (ARV) medication for three months. This was all delivered at her door step. PWN is also supporting her with transport to the hospitals for her treatment. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, access to medical intervention especially chemotherapy has become a challenge.
She hasn’t been in contact with her parents for several years. Being HIV positive, Chitra constantly faces denial and humiliation. This has affected her mental and emotional health as well.
Despite all that she is going through, Chitra still has a strong will and wants to be there for her daughter. She hopes that she would get the required support to get herself treated for cancer and continue to live with hope. Your support can make all the difference in her life. Every rupee that you donate is important and would be used for her treatment facility. She still believes in humanity and wants to fight cancer but she cant win the battle alone. Help her overcome cancer.