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Out of isolation

I have actually improved a lot. I was in isolation. Now I have started to go out and sit under the tree. Some of my friends come and see me. However, some still don’t know whether I’m improving or not and they still fear me.

I have actually improved a lot. I was in isolation. Now I have started to go out and sit under the tree. Some of my friends come and see me. However, some still don’t know whether I’m improving or not and they still fear me. There is still some stigma and they think that if they come near me they can still get the infection from me. So when they see me sitting outside, they just stay at a distance, or they turn back. But the others come to me saying “ok this is good, you will get cured, keep taking the drug”.

Im hoping that I get cured soon. Then I can go back to the community and be with them, once they understand that I am not contagious.

I feel lonely. Mostly because my family has really rejected me - most of my brothers, even my mother. And now, they don’t even call me for the family meeting. I am just left alone here.

They used to come and see me. But now some of my brothers think the infection that I have is more powerful than HIV because I have MDR TB and HIV.

That’s maybe why they think that I am useless and why they don’t call me for the meeting. Before, when I had money, family meetings could not start unless I was there. My contribution was really valued.

But now, they don’t value my contribution. I just heard from an uncle that they’ve already had a family meeting. It makes me think maybe I am really useless, I may not even get cured. Even if I get cured, how can I come back?

But the community here is different. They look at me as somebody who is now improving and who will get cured and will be able to contribute and do something good.