Sometimes, even a sick child knows how to get the most out of life.
“Adrina” was a 7-year-old Romanian girl who lived in a foster home.
Because she was frequently ill, she was admitted to several different
hospitals, and – at one of them – she contracted the HIV infection.
Through the generosity of the BIPAI-Black Sea Foundation, Adrina then entered
a group home, where HIV-infected children and young people were sheltered.
It proved to be a godsend.
With the love and support of everyone in the house, Adrina learned
how to cook, do chores, work in the garden and attend school in
There were still many challenges. Adrina had to take medicines by the
handful every day, deal with additional associated infections that
needed treatment and go to the doctor’s office for monthly check-ups.
Despite those challenges, Adrina maintained a positive attitude,
grateful for the good-hearted people who were happy and well-equipped
to take care of her.
She also had the opportunity to travel abroad to Japan and the
United States, where she saw other children suffering from her
disease. There, she learned that she could be unconditionally accepted
anywhere in the world. These experiences shaped her personality and
motivated her even more to try and make a life for herself.
Today, Adrina is married, has a family and has moved out of the group
home – her life changed by the work of the BIPAI-Black
Sea Foundation aims for a more effective response to the HIV
epidemic in Romania. Since 2001, BIPAI’s Romanian Clinical Center of
Excellence has provided HIV/AIDS care and treatment services to more
than 500 HIV-infected and HIV-exposed children and young adults. This
includes testing, counseling and treatment to aid in the fight against HIV.