Jugal (50) is married and has two children. He works as a driver and has seven dependents. He is an injecting drug user (IDU) and came to know of the TI through a friend who is also a drug user. He shares that the intervention has changed his life because when he was injecting drugs, he lived like an animal and did not care for his family. His only concern was how and where he would get his next dose of drugs. He is now on OST medication, which helps him by giving him relief from withdrawal symptoms. He says that his family has started loving him again and seeks out his company. He too wants to live a good life for their sake. He is happy that he is now protected from the HIV infection too.
There are several other ways in which the intervention has helped him. He says, “Regular counselling has helped me realise the importance of safe needles and syringes and how to protect myself from getting the HIV infection. I had an abscess in my leg and I have availed treatment from the clinical services team in the intervention. It is alright now. OST has gradually helped me to move away from injecting drugs. The counselling has helped me so much by giving me awareness on how to protect myself. I hope it continues for a long time and helps more people like me.