My wife Zhu and I contracted HIV when we sold our blood to repay a loan from the village trust. We had borrowed the money to pay my wife's medical bills.
One day in June 2004, my wife was suddenly paralyzed. Our daughter, who was with her, ran to the field to call me back home. I saw my wife lying on the bed, immobile. I thought she had had a stroke. I was in panic, afraid she would die and leave me alone.
I contacted the medical team from MSF. They said they would come soon. My wife was hospitalised for almost a month. Then she was immobile for more than half a year, lying on the bamboo bed at home. I kept her clean with water, and rubbed her body with alcohol to stimulate her blood circulation.
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