Kyrgyzstan's Abandoned AIDS Patients

Bishkek's lack of hospice care means people like Vitaly Korolkov have nowhere to go when they are dying of AIDS. A few days after this photograph was taken, in July, Vitaly passed away in a nearby ditch. (Photo: David Trilling)

This summer, Vitaly Korolkov, 38, was homeless, HIV-positive, and a recovering heroin addict. He began methadone treatment the last time he got out of prison, three years ago, because, as he put it, “I just want to live, don’t know how much time I have left.”

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan's Abandoned AIDS Patients

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