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When 44-year-old Tokyo resident Isao was struck down by chronic diarrhea in June earlier this year, AIDS was the furthest thought from his mind. “I just thought I had a regular illness,” said Isao, who asked for his surname to be withheld.

However, the craftsman suspected his illness was more serious after he started losing a large amount of weight, dropping from 60 kg to 45 kg in just two months.

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