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The Positive Community

John Rae | Zimbabwe, India, Indonesia, Rwanda, Laos, Paraguay, Nepal

Sex worker in southern India is peer educator for her area and works to keep her 2 young girls in school and out of the trade. Each night she sits in a wooden stall on a dimly lit street and brings clients back to this room.

Since the discovery and worldwide distribution of ARV drugs the community of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) has been growing. HIV infection is no longer a death sentence and living with HIV has become an issue of maintenance. Consequently demands from the PLWA community for services has grown. Now Peer Educators conduct outreach to educate community members on how to protect themselves and the ones that they love. Community organizers dispense harm reduction materials and work with members to find ways to reduce risky practices. Discrimination and stigma still exist so the community has begun to start their own businesses through Income Generating Activity clubs. The arc of the fight against the pandemic is starting to curve in the right direction but the fight goes on through the bravery of those effected. These photos from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Rwanda, Laos, Paraguay, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Myanmar, Zambia, Romania, Philippines, China, El Salvador, Moldova, Zimbabwe, Cuba, The Gambia and South Africa are from a 15 year collaboration between John and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

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