India opens health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT people

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04/23/2019

India has opened the doors to its first health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT+ people. The healthcare centre, located in Mumbai, employs LGBT+ receptionists, pharmacists, and counsellors to provide the most comfortable experience for its patients. Vivek Anand, CEO of the Humsafar Trust, who opened the clinic in February spoke about its importance to The Guardian. “Over the years, 30-40 percent of the individuals who tested HIV-positive at our clinic disappeared at some point during their [ARV] treatment at government hospitals,” Anand told the Guardian. “Half of them never even showed up. More than discrimination, self-stigmatisation keeps the community away from accessing treatment,” Anand explained.

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