Khundrakpam Pradip kumar whom we talked about few months back has once again made positive story. The 40-year-old HIV-positive muscleman from Manipur bagged a bronze in the 9th AIIS (All India Inter State) bodybuilding championship in the 55-kg category in Trichur on Sunday night.
Pradip tested positive eight years ago and disclosed his status after winning the senior Mr Manipur title in the 60-kg category in Imphal in December 2007.
The following year, he finished sixth in the national competition in Meerut. A film based on his life, Mr Manipur, produced and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma, was screened at the annual MIAAC Film Festival in November 2008 in New York.
The Manipur Aids Control Society has selected Pradip as its brand ambassador to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the state, which has over 30,000 HIV positive people, including 8,000 women. Incidentally, Manipur is one of the six states in the country which has a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.