Living with HIV Twenty years
ago this month, it began as a ripple, one that would soon become a tidal wave. On June 5, 1981, an odd but troublingreference appeared in a journal published by the Centers for Disease Control, describing a rare form of pneumonia afflicting five gay men.By years end, their ailment would be known as AIDS, a disease which would go on to claim million lives over the next decades.
Television producer Jean-Louis, the first
person with AIDS in France to allow himself to bephotographed for publication, 1987. Jane Evelyn Atwoods images of Jean-Louis won WorldPress Photo honors and were published throughout Europe.
After a three-year struggle against
AIDS and its social stigmas, David Kirby could fight nolonger. As his father, sister and niece stood by in anguish, the 32-year-old founder and leaderof the Stafford, Ohio AIDS Foundation felt his life slipping away. David whispered, "Im ready,"took a last labored breath, then succumbed."
A HIV-positive woman cleans her
teeth after lunch at a HIV/AIDS hospice, founded by a member ofthe National League for Democracy party, in Yangon, February 18, 2012.
A man living with HIV
covers his face to avoid being identified due to fear of discrimination at aSaudi Charity Association for AIDS Patients in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 19, 2010.
A nurse checks on a
three-year-old patient in the HIV/AIDS ward of the Beijing YouAn Hospital,October 28, 2008.
Shoes belonging to HIV infected
children are lined up outside a room in an orphanage run by theFuyang AIDS Orphan Salvation Association in Fuyang, Anhui province, November 27, 2009.
A Thai transvestite suffering from
AIDS pets a cat at a hospice for those dying of AIDS, at WatPrabat Nampu Buddhist temple, in Lopburi, on World AIDS day, December 1, 2009.
Hemophiliac protesters, all of whom
contracted HIV from infected blood products, wear surgicalmasks as they demonstrate during an AIDS-awareness event on World AIDS Day at Beijingssouth railway station, December 1, 2009.