Sunday, August 17, 2008

Drug&AIDS - Sasha

I followed several drug addicts and/or HIV/AIDS patients last week. I'm still trying to figure out whether i can make a drug&AIDS in one essay. Anyway, i will try to continue to follow those people. Here is Саша (Sasha), 55, who has been a drug addict for decades after he spent some time in prison when he was 17. He said everything seemed shattered when he was in prison and started taking drug. Since then, he has been with drug. He said he regrets and wants to start over his life. He was infected with HIV about 7 years ago when he used unwashed needles. He said the number of needles were sold at once, and a lot of his friends who bought the needles at the same time were infected with HIV. "Everyone died except me. I don't know why i'm still alive." He said drug now became a medicine for pain killer - he has skin cancer, gustric ulcer and hepititus beside HIV. His HIV has reached the third phace, but he is still working some random jobs for money. There are not so many older drug addicts in Ukraine as many of them started around the confusion in the chaotic time after the Soviet's collapse.

1 comment:

lucian stanescu said...

very hard work... congrats on your commitment