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HIV-positive man turns bodybuilder

On drugs since 2000 when he was diagnosed with the HIV virus, the 37-year-old body builder is preparing for the 48th National Senior Mr India from June 20-22 in Aurangabad. Sobhapati Samom tells more.
Hindustan Times | By Sobhapati Samom, Imphal
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2008 01:17 AM IST

Experts from the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) were surprised to see the physique of Khundrakpam Pradipkumar, the winner of the recently held Mr Manipur title in the 60-kg category. The reason — Pradipkumar is HIV-positive. On drugs since 2000 when he was diagnosed with the virus, the 37-year-old body builder is now preparing for the 48th National Senior Mr India from June 20-22 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. “I am happy since I am getting a chance to compete on a national level despite being an HIV-positive,” Pradipkumar told Hindustan Times on Friday.

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