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.
MSF gave cameras to people living with HIV/AIDS in eight countries and asked them, with the help of their friends and relatives, to document their lives in photos and words. These are their stories.
Tereza, from Malawi, is eight months pregnant. She doesn’t know how she contracted the HIV virus. She says that ignorance creates fear, and she wants to show others that you can be HIV-positive and still enjoy life.
Victoria has been living with HIV for four years. When she started ARV treatment, the pills were too big for her to swallow. She has just finished primary school in Malawi and when she grows up, she wants to be a nurse.
Charles was training to be a teacher in Nairobi, Kenya when he discovered that he had HIV. He lost his place at college because of his illness, but after two years of treatment he feels well and he knows that he can achieve whatever he wants.
Jean-Marie is Rwandan. For a long time, he did not dare tell his wife that he was HIV-positive. Many of his relatives were killed in the genocide of 1994, and Jean-Marie is trying to re-build his life and his family.
Gloria and Luis met in a rehabilitation centre in Lima, Peru. She was a volunteer and he was being treated for drug addiction. They have a baby daughter called Camila. They have to wait more than a year to find out whether Camila has HIV.
Ton lives in Thailand. He has tuberculosis and HIV. He did not want to take antiretroviral medication for fear of the side-effects, but a dramatic course of treatment for an infection that caused blindness made him change his mind.
Papa Jean and Mama Esther met in a support group for HIV-positive patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although their families and friends objected, they decided to get married. They wanted to show that they could live a normal life.
Catherine lives in Kenya. Even after she was diagnosed as HIV-positive, her husband refused to use a condom during sex. He said that condoms were for prostitutes, and then he abandoned her and their two children.
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