VIETNAM-10004

Nguyen Quoc Khanh waiting to get his results from his blood test.

Nguyen Quoc Khanh, 44, husband of Tiep, father of Tanh, 16, and Binh, 13, began using opium when working in a gold mine. When opium sellers switched to heroin around 1995, Khanh did too, and then succombed to shared needle use. Khanh first fell ill in 2002 and in 2007 he acquired TB. By the time he started antiretroviral treament, he was so weak he spent most of his life in bed. Only a few months after he began taking his ARVs he had found work and refurbrished their apartment. Tiep feels that treatment has brought dignity back to the family.

“When you’re between death and life and you come back… Your health becomes precious.”

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