Two boys walking in Kathmandu's Ratna Park, a gay cruising place. About 100 000 people are infected with the HIV in Nepal. Most affected by the epidemy are migrant workers, drug users, sex workers, transgenders and gays. The alienation and repression of many among these groups contribute to the spread of the virus. However some among drug users, transgenders and gay men have decided to fight.

Two boys walking in Kathmandu's Ratna Park, a gay cruising place. About 100 000 people are infected with the HIV in Nepal. Most affected by the epidemy are migrant workers, drug users, sex workers, transgenders and gays. The alienation and repression of many among these groups contribute to the spread of the virus. However some among drug users, transgenders and gay men have decided to fight.

  A gay couple holding hands in ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park.

A gay couple holding hands in ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park.

  Amrit and a friend in Ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park through such gatherings.

Amrit and a friend in Ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park through such gatherings.

  Divya with 2 other transgender friends. At 17, Divya was sold to a brothel in Bombay. After working 5 years there she found out she was HIV positive. She was rejected from the brothel and later from her village. She now fights for the rights of transgenders in Nepal and is a member of Blue Diamond Society a local NGO.

Divya with 2 other transgender friends. At 17, Divya was sold to a brothel in Bombay. After working 5 years there she found out she was HIV positive. She was rejected from the brothel and later from her village. She now fights for the rights of transgenders in Nepal and is a member of Blue Diamond Society a local NGO.

  Two hostess chatting with a scurity guard outside a gogo-bar in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.

Two hostess chatting with a scurity guard outside a gogo-bar in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.

  Deepyka (turning her back) facing a potential client.She is an orphan and left her hometown to find a living in Kathmandu. She started prostitution at teh age of 15 and is HIV positive. She receives care and support from the NGO Blue Diamond Society and gets an antiretrovitral therapy.

Deepyka (turning her back) facing a potential client.She is an orphan and left her hometown to find a living in Kathmandu. She started prostitution at teh age of 15 and is HIV positive. She receives care and support from the NGO Blue Diamond Society and gets an antiretrovitral therapy.

  On the sidewalks of Thamel, some transgender sex workers are waiting for clients.

On the sidewalks of Thamel, some transgender sex workers are waiting for clients.

  Narayan at Blue Diamond Society hospice. His father brought him there a few days earlier as he was weaken by several infections. Narayan is a migrant worker.

Narayan at Blue Diamond Society hospice. His father brought him there a few days earlier as he was weaken by several infections. Narayan is a migrant worker.

  At Tekku hospital Narayan is waiting to have his blood tested for HIV and other infections. He is sitting by a listing of all the tests perormed at the hospital and their respective costs.

At Tekku hospital Narayan is waiting to have his blood tested for HIV and other infections. He is sitting by a listing of all the tests perormed at the hospital and their respective costs.

  At Tekku hospital, Narayan having is blood taken for an HIV test.

At Tekku hospital, Narayan having is blood taken for an HIV test.

  Drug addicts helping each others to inject Norphin, an addictive pain killer cheaper than heroin. They are struggling to fight a blood vessel.

Drug addicts helping each others to inject Norphin, an addictive pain killer cheaper than heroin. They are struggling to fight a blood vessel.

  Biju a drug user, in his room, injecting himself Norphin, an addictive painkiller widely used in Nepal as a cheap replacement for heroin.

Biju a drug user, in his room, injecting himself Norphin, an addictive painkiller widely used in Nepal as a cheap replacement for heroin.

  Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

  Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

  Joti (30 years old) in her bed during the distribution of antiretroviral drugs. She suffers from various HIV related infections and walk with difficulties. She got contaminated with HIV by her husband a migrant worker.

Joti (30 years old) in her bed during the distribution of antiretroviral drugs. She suffers from various HIV related infections and walk with difficulties. She got contaminated with HIV by her husband a migrant worker.

  Sunil feeding Pancha Maya on her bed at Nava Kiran + hospice under the eyes of Bal. Pancha maya came back a few days earlier from Tekku Hospital where she underwent surgery. She arrived one month earlier at the hospice suffering from multiple HIV related infections. residents. Sunil an ex-drug user lives at the hospice and does some voluntary work there. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGO run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

Sunil feeding Pancha Maya on her bed at Nava Kiran + hospice under the eyes of Bal. Pancha maya came back a few days earlier from Tekku Hospital where she underwent surgery. She arrived one month earlier at the hospice suffering from multiple HIV related infections. residents. Sunil an ex-drug user lives at the hospice and does some voluntary work there. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGO run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

  A resident of Nava Kiran + hospice taking a nap by a memorial to deceased of the hospice, who died of HIV related diseases. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

A resident of Nava Kiran + hospice taking a nap by a memorial to deceased of the hospice, who died of HIV related diseases. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

  Bal weariing a "HIV positive" T-shirt has just cleaned his room where Ramchandra suffering from tuberculosis is lying in bed. Bal is a former drug user.

Bal weariing a "HIV positive" T-shirt has just cleaned his room where Ramchandra suffering from tuberculosis is lying in bed. Bal is a former drug user.

  At Tekku hospital aids ward, a patient on his bed.

At Tekku hospital aids ward, a patient on his bed.

  Suman carrying Bijay to the aids ward of Tekku hospital. Bijay a former drug user is suffering from HIV related pulmonary infection. He died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.

Suman carrying Bijay to the aids ward of Tekku hospital. Bijay a former drug user is suffering from HIV related pulmonary infection. He died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.

  At Tekku hopsital aids ward, Amit (right) is dtaring at Bijay who just arrived. and is in pain. Both are former drug users. Amit suffers is treated for anemia while Bijay suffers from a pulmonary infection. Since he arrived 10 deays earlier, Amit has seen a few patients dying. Bijay died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.

At Tekku hopsital aids ward, Amit (right) is dtaring at Bijay who just arrived. and is in pain. Both are former drug users. Amit suffers is treated for anemia while Bijay suffers from a pulmonary infection. Since he arrived 10 deays earlier, Amit has seen a few patients dying. Bijay died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.

  At Tekku hospital aids ward, Bijay, a HIV positive former drug user is laying on hisbed a few hours before his death.

At Tekku hospital aids ward, Bijay, a HIV positive former drug user is laying on hisbed a few hours before his death.

 Two boys walking in Kathmandu's Ratna Park, a gay cruising place. About 100 000 people are infected with the HIV in Nepal. Most affected by the epidemy are migrant workers, drug users, sex workers, transgenders and gays. The alienation and repression of many among these groups contribute to the spread of the virus. However some among drug users, transgenders and gay men have decided to fight.
  A gay couple holding hands in ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park.
  Amrit and a friend in Ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park through such gatherings.
  Divya with 2 other transgender friends. At 17, Divya was sold to a brothel in Bombay. After working 5 years there she found out she was HIV positive. She was rejected from the brothel and later from her village. She now fights for the rights of transgenders in Nepal and is a member of Blue Diamond Society a local NGO.
  Two hostess chatting with a scurity guard outside a gogo-bar in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.
  Deepyka (turning her back) facing a potential client.She is an orphan and left her hometown to find a living in Kathmandu. She started prostitution at teh age of 15 and is HIV positive. She receives care and support from the NGO Blue Diamond Society and gets an antiretrovitral therapy.
  On the sidewalks of Thamel, some transgender sex workers are waiting for clients.
  Narayan at Blue Diamond Society hospice. His father brought him there a few days earlier as he was weaken by several infections. Narayan is a migrant worker.
  At Tekku hospital Narayan is waiting to have his blood tested for HIV and other infections. He is sitting by a listing of all the tests perormed at the hospital and their respective costs.
  At Tekku hospital, Narayan having is blood taken for an HIV test.
  Drug addicts helping each others to inject Norphin, an addictive pain killer cheaper than heroin. They are struggling to fight a blood vessel.
  Biju a drug user, in his room, injecting himself Norphin, an addictive painkiller widely used in Nepal as a cheap replacement for heroin.
  Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.
  Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.
  Joti (30 years old) in her bed during the distribution of antiretroviral drugs. She suffers from various HIV related infections and walk with difficulties. She got contaminated with HIV by her husband a migrant worker.
  Sunil feeding Pancha Maya on her bed at Nava Kiran + hospice under the eyes of Bal. Pancha maya came back a few days earlier from Tekku Hospital where she underwent surgery. She arrived one month earlier at the hospice suffering from multiple HIV related infections. residents. Sunil an ex-drug user lives at the hospice and does some voluntary work there. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGO run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.
  A resident of Nava Kiran + hospice taking a nap by a memorial to deceased of the hospice, who died of HIV related diseases. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.
  Bal weariing a "HIV positive" T-shirt has just cleaned his room where Ramchandra suffering from tuberculosis is lying in bed. Bal is a former drug user.
  At Tekku hospital aids ward, a patient on his bed.
  Suman carrying Bijay to the aids ward of Tekku hospital. Bijay a former drug user is suffering from HIV related pulmonary infection. He died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.
  At Tekku hopsital aids ward, Amit (right) is dtaring at Bijay who just arrived. and is in pain. Both are former drug users. Amit suffers is treated for anemia while Bijay suffers from a pulmonary infection. Since he arrived 10 deays earlier, Amit has seen a few patients dying. Bijay died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.
  At Tekku hospital aids ward, Bijay, a HIV positive former drug user is laying on hisbed a few hours before his death.

Two boys walking in Kathmandu's Ratna Park, a gay cruising place. About 100 000 people are infected with the HIV in Nepal. Most affected by the epidemy are migrant workers, drug users, sex workers, transgenders and gays. The alienation and repression of many among these groups contribute to the spread of the virus. However some among drug users, transgenders and gay men have decided to fight.

A gay couple holding hands in ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park.

Amrit and a friend in Ratna Park. Gay men are frowned upon by the Nepalese society. They need to hide and have few meeting places. A lot meet in Ratna Park through such gatherings.

Divya with 2 other transgender friends. At 17, Divya was sold to a brothel in Bombay. After working 5 years there she found out she was HIV positive. She was rejected from the brothel and later from her village. She now fights for the rights of transgenders in Nepal and is a member of Blue Diamond Society a local NGO.

Two hostess chatting with a scurity guard outside a gogo-bar in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.

Deepyka (turning her back) facing a potential client.She is an orphan and left her hometown to find a living in Kathmandu. She started prostitution at teh age of 15 and is HIV positive. She receives care and support from the NGO Blue Diamond Society and gets an antiretrovitral therapy.

On the sidewalks of Thamel, some transgender sex workers are waiting for clients.

Narayan at Blue Diamond Society hospice. His father brought him there a few days earlier as he was weaken by several infections. Narayan is a migrant worker.

At Tekku hospital Narayan is waiting to have his blood tested for HIV and other infections. He is sitting by a listing of all the tests perormed at the hospital and their respective costs.

At Tekku hospital, Narayan having is blood taken for an HIV test.

Drug addicts helping each others to inject Norphin, an addictive pain killer cheaper than heroin. They are struggling to fight a blood vessel.

Biju a drug user, in his room, injecting himself Norphin, an addictive painkiller widely used in Nepal as a cheap replacement for heroin.

Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

Residents of Nava Kiran + outside the building. One of them has a tattoo "positive" signalling his HIV status. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

Joti (30 years old) in her bed during the distribution of antiretroviral drugs. She suffers from various HIV related infections and walk with difficulties. She got contaminated with HIV by her husband a migrant worker.

Sunil feeding Pancha Maya on her bed at Nava Kiran + hospice under the eyes of Bal. Pancha maya came back a few days earlier from Tekku Hospital where she underwent surgery. She arrived one month earlier at the hospice suffering from multiple HIV related infections. residents. Sunil an ex-drug user lives at the hospice and does some voluntary work there. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGO run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

A resident of Nava Kiran + hospice taking a nap by a memorial to deceased of the hospice, who died of HIV related diseases. The hospice has about 50 residents 20 of which receive a anti-retroviral therapy and 5 are treated for tuberculosis. Nava Kiran + is a NGo run by former drug users focussing on drug users and focussing on HIV prevention, access to therapy, rehabilitation of addicts.

Bal weariing a "HIV positive" T-shirt has just cleaned his room where Ramchandra suffering from tuberculosis is lying in bed. Bal is a former drug user.

At Tekku hospital aids ward, a patient on his bed.

Suman carrying Bijay to the aids ward of Tekku hospital. Bijay a former drug user is suffering from HIV related pulmonary infection. He died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.

At Tekku hopsital aids ward, Amit (right) is dtaring at Bijay who just arrived. and is in pain. Both are former drug users. Amit suffers is treated for anemia while Bijay suffers from a pulmonary infection. Since he arrived 10 deays earlier, Amit has seen a few patients dying. Bijay died a few hours after his arrival at the hospital.

At Tekku hospital aids ward, Bijay, a HIV positive former drug user is laying on hisbed a few hours before his death.

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