Thursday, March 24, 2011

A story of a 6-year-old kid with HIV in China

A six-year-old HIV carrier, has been living alone since his parents died of AIDS.

The boy, known as Ah Long, does his own washing, cooking, studying and he also rears some chicken.

He lives in his parents' house at the foothill village of Malu Mountain in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province of China.

Ah Long has an 84-year-old grandmother, who visits him quite frequently and cooks for him.

The granny has also planted some vegetables near the house for Ah Long.

Ah Long does not know what AIDS is all about.

All he knew was that his friends never want to be near him, doctors did not want to treat his wounds and his only family member, his granny, refused to live with him.

He was also rejected by the nearby primary school. The only companion the boy has is a dog called Lao Hei.

Due to his complicated family background, the Welfare Department has declined to take care of the boy.

He receives 70 yuan (RM33) monthly subsistence allowance from the civil bureau but it is not enough.

After Ah Long's story was published in Chinese newspapers, a couple announced that they would adopt the boy. However, it has yet to materialize.

Ah Long story is indeed a sad story. As a victim of HIV, and without sufficient support, he is just passing his time until the AIDS completely wipe down his immune system.

A part from being sympathy to what happened to Ah Long, perhaps we shall take this as a lesson to ensure similar tragedy will not occur in us.

Are you practicing protected sex?
Do you have more than 1 sex partner?
Are you addicted to drug? (Do not share syringe anyway)
Do you check your HIV status after high risk activities like one night stand, unprotected sex or unprotected oral sex?

To those who think that they cannot live with only 1 sex partner in a time, please do not engage or get married. You will not want to replicate another tragedy like Ah Long for your kids.

Ah Long, be strong and live life meaningful. God bless you!

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