Poverty & HIV; it has a face: that of K. from Battambang. If working in the factory does not yield enough income for his family, he will work in the entertainment business in Bangkok. (updated March 11, 2020)
K. died today, March 11
To our great sadness we learned today that this afternoon K. deceased in the house of his uncle. His mother could not pay the medical costs and took him to his uncle’s home.
Untenu Foundation contributes to the costs for the funeral.
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Working hard, denying HIV
K. knows for four years that he has HIV, but as a Cambodian worker in Thailand, it is not easy to get medication. He represses his condition and continues to work. When his father dies, there is even more pressure on him to share his wage with his family.
He decides to work as a go go dancer in a gay club in Bangkok. He doesn’t stop working until he literally drops on the floor. K. goes back to Battambang very ill, where he is admitted into a hospital.
After losing a lot of weight, he also appeared to have TB. With our financial support, volunteers of Bandanh Chaktomok and Men’s Health Cambodia repatriated him from Bangkok to Battambang.
His mother had to quit her job to take care of him. We supported them with medical and food aid and paying the hospital bills.
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