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INDIA: ‘No One Will Marry You’: TB Survivors Open Up About Stigmas They Face


Rhea Lobo is a TB- survivor, a very chirpy and lively person, an international documentary film maker and a mother of two.

Source: NDTV- New Delhi: Rhea Lobo was only 19 years old when she complained of excruciating pain in her left leg. She rushed to the doctor who told her it can either be cancer, TB or a bacterial infection.

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“A biopsy report from a private clinic came negative and I was given regular antibiotics,” said Ms Lobo, who is now 28. After a month and a half, she was correctly diagnosed with TB and it took another six months and three surgeries until she was given the right dosage.

While it took about seven months to diagnose her right, the battle was still not won. She was subjected to stigma. Her family members advised her against telling anyone about her TB.

“You will be labelled as a TB patient and no one will marry you. You will not bear children were some of the things people told me,” recalled Ms Lobo who is an international documentary film maker and a mother of two.