Stories: Aids

  • In South Africa, a Debate Over Selling Sex

    If prostitution becomes legal in South Africa, Nosipho Vidima, a 30-year-old sex worker, knows exactly what she’ll do. She’d start her own business called The Pleasure House, a classy operation staffed with an office administrator trained in finance, a group of prostitutes earning minimum wage – and maybe even an Italian chef. Pleasure House staff would...

  • Habitat for Humility: Voluntourism in Lesotho

    Lesotho is a tiny country surrounded completely by South Africa, and that’s about all I knew about it when I arrived in the summer—their winter—of 2005. I was a college sophomore, and I’d come with fifteen or so classmates for five weeks of volunteer work and research, or what passes for research among...

  • Sex, Sugar Daddies and HIV in South Africa

    Photo: John Moore/Getty Images It's the middle of sex education class in Zola Business High School and 90 teenage boys and girls are laughing and talking through a presentation about birth control, condoms and HIV. The school day is almost over in this township on the outskirts of Cape Town, but that's hardly the only thing keeping...

  • Obama Dreams of an AIDS-Free Generation

    In a 2011 speech at the National Institutes of Health’s rolling campus outside Washington, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a reset of America’s global HIV policy. She promised to alter the course of a pandemic that has claimed the lives of 39 million people and to secure a global generation free of...

  • HIV in Mozambique: Starting, and Staying on, Treatment

    Mozambique is fighting to gain control of its HIV epidemic, leading with a plan to strategically enrol substantial numbers of people with HIV in treatment programmes in an effort to end transmission of the virus. The number of people who have started antiretroviral therapy (ART) has already jumped from 308,000 in 2012 to more than 676,000 by March of last year. Officials expect...

  • How Planned Parenthood Is Empowering Young People in Lesotho

    A crew of twentysomethings spend the afternoon on a bench outside the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association. Two young women braid the hair of a third friend, and two guys sit alongside them, potentially flirting. “It’s a good place to hang out because, surprisingly, we might have some session as the youth where we talk about HIV and...

  • Persistence Pays Off: How Health Workers Are Saving Their Communities

    Baby Ava* is HIV-positive. Her mother was frightened and in denial about her own HIV diagnosis so she dropped out of treatment early in the process. Ava’s mother is the second wife of her father. He works in the mines in South Africa and tragically brought more than his salary home to the family. Both wives have...

  • Patients React To Their HIV Tests In Nation With One Of The Highest Rates

    Sitting outside her home with a thatched roof made mostly of reeds, Maria Amelia, 46, was preparing to take her first-ever HIV test. She was slightly anxious and made an admission that explained why. "Honestly I've never used [a condom] before. I cannot lie to you," she told The Huffington Post last month through a translator in Boane, a district...

  • Sunday in a South African Township 2

    I came to Tshepisong to meet Olga. When she had only two children herself, and she was only 30 years old, Olga began her life as a foster mother to AIDS orphans -- four children of her sister's, and later two children of her aunt's. The Christian Science Monitor has been writing about Olga and her journey since 2007. ...

  • Com fome, país luta contra AIDS

    Read an English translation. "O HIV é um desastre nacional". São palavras do  Dr. Bashir M. Issak, diretor da Divisão de Saúde Reprodutiva do Ministério da Saúde Pública e Santária do Quênia. Ele se refere aos tempos mais drásticos em...