Sanjana, who worked as a sex worker for 16 years, is now an autorickshaw driver
Acting as a warrior against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
16 years HIV test report came negative which changed the course of life
new Delhi. Transwoman Sanjana Tiwari living in Delhi is 40 years old. in your life transgender Sanjana, who has struggled with the stigma of being HIV positive, is now working to improve the lives of others. Sanjana, who was a victim of sexual abuse at the very young age of 12, was forcibly pushed into the profession of a sex worker by the time she reached the age of 16. Sanjana now autorickshaw driver Are and living their life with respect. Not only this, together with a voluntary organization, this LGBTQ (LGBTQ) is working to improve the future of the people of the community, their children and youth.
Sanjana Tiwari says that she first introduces herself among gay men and transwomen, whom she tells were also at risk of getting HIV earlier. Along with being a transgender, after being a victim of sexual abuse, she had considered herself HIV positive as a sex worker. But Sanjana, who became an autorickshaw driver in North West Delhi, is now working as a crusader against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
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According to the report published in Indian Express, Sanjana Tiwari is helping trans people in collaboration with a voluntary organization. Sanjana informs about the bitter and scary aspects of her life. She tells that she was the eldest of 5 siblings. She tells that she was born as a boy, but she liked to dress up like a woman. He liked the boys in his neighborhood, but never revealed his gender identity for fear of what his father and neighbors would say.
Sanjana says that she loved to dance like girls, but her family members used to scare her. Her family members used to say that if she danced like a eunuch, they would take her away. He is said to have presented himself well as a boy until his teenage years, until poverty forced him into sex work. He told that my father did not support me.
Sanjana says, ‘My mother used to work in a quilt shop, which was not good for her health. Then at the age of 12, I started working in a nut bolt factory, where its owner sexually abused me.
There was complete certainty of HIV infection
She says, ‘After this I was scared that if I stopped him, he would kick me out. That’s when I thought that once I have been exploited and there is no way out, why not do sex work for money? Family members used to make fun of my female behavior. Everyone used to abuse me often, even my father, uncle and my grandmother.
But it was the fear of HIV and AIDS that changed the course of my life after 16 years, says Sanjana. When I started working as a sex worker, none of us really knew about HIV. When a voluntary organization named Deepshikha told about HIV, they got it tested. I had been working without a condom for 16 years and was sure that I had contracted the infection. I got tested at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini and the report came negative.
I create awareness about HIV by doing street plays
He told that leaving behind all the incidents that happened to me, I started living life properly and decided to live it on my own terms. I left the profession of sex worker and started working with Deepshikha. He helped me become an autorickshaw driver. Know my creativity. Now I make people aware about HIV through street plays.
Free treatment and medicines are available at government centers to those with positive test
Sanjana told about her efforts for awareness that positive results have come out in a few years. He has seen how most men and trans sex workers use condoms. Those with positive tests are now getting free treatment and medicines at government centres, but monitoring is very important for this.
Allegations of discrimination in government facilities and treatment
Transwoman Sanjana Tiwari has questioned the way HIV-positive people are treated in government hospitals. They allege that people who are HIV positive are discriminated against in government facilities and treatment. Presenting an example, Sanjana says that once I took a young HIV-positive boy to the government hospital for a TB test.
Due to the weakness of the immune system, people with HIV get TB infection.
It is believed that due to the weakness of the immune system, people with HIV get TB infection. She makes people aware of this under HIV and TB programs. But where she took the positive patient to get the test done, which could not be done there. I had to take her to a private clinic. While there should not be such discrimination in government facilities.
Sexual abuse also happens with these students in schools
Sanjana told that she also stresses on the need to ensure education for LGBTQ children so that they do not fall into sex work. He says that usually the poor who come under the fire of sex workers are the ones who do not know how to earn. In this poverty, he turns to sex work. Giving an example of the incident of his school time, he also told that the problem is that impotent students are sexually abused by their classmates, teachers and even school staff.
Because of this, he leaves his studies in between. Therefore it is necessary to ensure that they can get complete school education without any fear. All this method should be sure. After studies, they should get mainstream jobs which will help them to lead their life like others.
Sanjana says that LGBTQ is campaigning for sexual and digital literacy among youth. They feel that all children should get sex education so that they can protect themselves.
Tags: aids, delhi news, H.I.V., transgender
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 02, 2023, 15:33 IST