Blood Drop

Dhammika Dombawela watched as two of the 96 glass vials in the lab tray, carrying blood samples, turned yellow – two more people testing positive for AIDS. Dhammika Dombawela watched as two of the 96 glass vials in the lab tray, carrying blood samples, turned yellow – two more people testing positive for AIDS. A blood sample from F/1331 – Female, Number 1331 was high risk. She will now be called in for counselling, and when her blood count falls, put on anti-retroviral drugs to delay the onset of the disease.

A plastic file hid case histories – migrant women, married women infected by husbands, infected mothers to children, sex workers, injecting drug users, to men and women with multiple partners.

About ten patients test positive for the disease each month, Dombawela – Medical Laboratory Technologist with the state’s National AIDS and STD Control Program says in an interview with LBO.

Patients and eventually their families will be counselled and supported with free medicines, including anti-retroviral drugs, by the state until the end of their lives.

Despite the social stigma, the clinic says more people are coming in for voluntary te