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Phrabat Nampu AIDS monastery in Thailand: Where HIV patients go to die

20.12.15

Phrabat Nampu AIDS monastery in Thailand: Where HIV patients go to die: A WALK through Phrabat Nampu is not for the faint-hearted — emaciated barely begins to describe the rows of AIDS patients who lay barely moving, their bones jutting through skin like rocky outcrops.

Discoloured bodies are covered in talcum powder to combat the sweat brought on by the oppressive Thai humidity, but no one escapes the heat here.

A routine visit to the doctor seven years ago left Pon devastated when he was told he had contracted the deadly AIDS virus.

“My family doesn’t know where I am or that I have AIDS,” he says.

“I divorced [my wife] and I left. I don’t know if my wife has AIDS, I haven’t spoken with [my family] anymore (sic). I don’t want to disturb them.”


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