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Kusum is 35 years old, and from the village of Pachapur, a remote spot in the Sangli district of the state of Maharashtra in western India. She is a widow living with HIV. Her husband died of AIDS-related causes in 2005. One of her children is HIV positive, one is not, and she doesn't know the status of the third. Kusum was not aware that she herself was infected until the final stages of her husband's illness.
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