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Pediatrician Leo Ho worked in the intensive care unit of the MSF-run Gondama Hospital in the Bo region of Sierra Leone in 2007. During his assignment, Dr. Ho was continually treating the most severe malaria cases: children brought to the hospital who had already fallen into a coma; those who were severely malnourished; or also suffering from tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. “We were just trying to keep them alive,” says Dr. Ho.

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began an HIV/AIDS clinic at Arua Hospital in the West Nile region of northern Uganda in 2001. Today, MSF provides antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to more than 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here.

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Being HIV-positive doesn't have to be a death sentence. Most HIV-positive people who receive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment are healthy and can lead fulfilling, positive lives.

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