Wake House visit by the interns

he Rumah Wake ( Wake House) 
      The journey to the Rumah wake was mixture of emotions such as excitement, uncertainty, and little bit of fright, because this was the first time that I was actually encountering someone who is HIV positive. Human perceptions can be scary. They actually shape up the things to form a certain definitive shape even before we actually see or encounter it. But I told myself that this trip will be one that would break my perceptions and help me to grow and mature.
      Our first destination was the women’s house, where the HIV positive women and homeless women stayed. The place itself looked weary and old. To be honest I actually thought ‘can the patients live in this condition?’ But proving my expectations wrong, the people living in the house all looked healthy and were friendly. They were just like any of us who visited the place. As we sat down and started talking with the women, they opened up their stories. Some had the disease for 13 years already while some were new and joined the wake not too long ago. They were provided with medicines and check-ups through the support of the government. It was an interesting experience listening to them speaking their side of the story. But at the same time, it also was also heart aching to see some abandoned by their family and having no dreams for the future.
      In our second destination of the transsexual house, the people there were more opened up with their experience and the current situation of the transsexuals in Malaysia. There in fact are lots of transsexuals out there who are HIV positive and it is continuously spreading. It was a scary thing to learn about, but also was a call for The Red Project team to do their job and take part in educating the people about HIV/AIDS!
      We may not know any HIV positive people around us FOR THE MOMENT. But as we always say, AIDS does not discriminate. The people in the Rumah wake would not have guessed that they would one day become HIV positive and live their lives with AIDS. Thus it is really important that we could build a community that is ready to accept these people, to care for these people and treat them just like any other human being. Discrimination is what makes them more difficult. Disease itself maybe a part of it, but the eyes of the people looking down on them, ignoring them and judging them is what makes them feel the pain and give up all hopes. Hope we could contribute in building that kind of society. Start by changing ourselves!!

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Motif Keramik Dinding Kamar Mandi said...

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