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Voices of hope: stories from communities affected by HIV and AIDS
Providing care in the community: Rani's story
Gideon Mendel/International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Rani Jayakodi, aged 25, is an outreach worker for Seva Nilayam, an NGO in Tamil Nadu, India, supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Rani left school at 15 and had an arranged marriage at 17.

"When my husband first fell ill he went to a private hospital. After that we used condoms for some time. I thought this was because he had a sexually transmitted disease, I didn't know about HIV."

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