The good news is that Shahid Sukraraj Tropical Hospital in Teku has begun treating HIV/AIDS patients. The bad news is that ever since they began, the number of other patients have declined. "Many patients are afraid that they might be infected with HIV so they've chosen to go elsewhere," say the nursing staff. The hospital sees around 15 patients a day now, the number was more than double a few months ago. "We disinfect the equipments and other materials used for the treatment of HIV patients," says a doctor, "But the other patients don't understand this." According to Laxmi Bikram Thapa, most hospitals in Kathmandu Valley redirect HIV patients to Shahid Sukraraj Tropical Disease Hospital. "If the other hospitals also started treating HIV patients, society would get the right message."