A recent interview with Mr. Juver Ahmed (Single Male Migrant Worker) conducted on 11.06.2019 by SHAPE as a part of its periodical HIV/AIDS KAP survey exposed the following information.
After an extended tussle to communicate being paranoid about losing his employment, Mr. Juver Ahmed agreed to take the interview. He is from the Badurpur District of Assam (A North Eastern State of India). He was unable to find employment in his native place as he lacked the education and employment skills. Many opportunities were available in his state but for a lot less pay and poise. Consequently, he along with twenty other SMM moved to Tiruvannamalai District during the summer of 2017 in search of employment. He was hosted by a hiring agency that supplies cheap labor-force to businesses all over India. Mr. Ahmed did not finish high school and hails from a family of six children. His father passed away when he was ten years old.
Juver and two of his brothers work 120 hours per week to make € 150 (INR 10,000) monthly. He has worked for four different businesses with over 200 colleagues in the past. When it comes to his personal life, the 21-year-old has had unprotected sexual affairs with over fifteen women in the past. He claims that his culture and friends avoid common Indian customs like sexual abstinence until marriage. He also admitted that despite being aware of the exterminating effects of HIV/AIDS, he has taken no effort to learn more about the disease. Assamese hold a widespread belief that HIV only affects CSW. Mr. Ahmed has diminutive awareness of the practices that cause or prevent the disease. He has had affairs with local as well as women from his native place. He states that his women colleagues are subjected to immense work pressure, and are persistently looking to vent their distress. Some seek sex, while other women turn to drugs. Such unsafe practices are common nowadays in businesses around the state of Tamil Nadu.
After the interview, Juver was wrecked to learn that he could be a victim of HIV because his sexual partners were also in contact with other SMM. He was later sent to the District General Hospital for diagnosis.
– A Report by Matthew Gananprakasam, B.A., Field Officer, SHAPE.