Life stories on HIV/AIDS: photos and videos



Stopping the toll. That’s our challenge.

December 2015 | Video [duration 05:00]
This short video profiles some of the key achievements of the WHO Department of HIV/AIDS and the Global Hepatitis Programme, and highlights future prioritites such as the transition to the Sustainable Development Agenda and the global health sector strategies for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Palliative care: for all ages and all diseases

October 2015 | feature story
Twelve-year-old Godfrey was lonely, angry and depressed when he was admitted to hospital with heart failure and tuberculosis. Godfrey had been living with HIV since birth. His parents died long ago.

Self-testing helps combat HIV in adolescents

July 2015 | Feature story
Today only half of people living with HIV are aware of their status. This "testing gap", coupled with the importance of early treatment for HIV, is driving interest in of the role of self-testing for HIV.

Born free of HIV

June 2015 | Feature story
In Cuba, less than 2% of children whose mothers have HIV are born with the virus, the lowest rate possible with prevention methods available today. As a result, Cuba recently received formal validation from PAHO/WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


WHO: Closing the gap - improving access to HIV services in Kenya

1 December 2014 | Video [duration 06:41]
Kenya has made impressive progress in attracting people into HIV services. A new “HIV Prevention Revolution Roadmap” aims to further scale-up access to a range of interventions from early antiretroviral treatment, condom use and prevention of mother-to-child transmission, to male circumcision and post-exposure prophylaxis.

Reaching those at high risk of HIV: how WHO learns from experiences on the ground

July 2014 | Feature story
“Health for all” reads one of the murals at Kirketon Road Centre in Sydney, Australia. Most of the people who come into the centre are sex workers, people who use drugs, and other young people whose lifestyles put them at greater risk of HIV and hepatitis C infection. They are often among the least able - or willing - to seek medical help so staff try to make the most of any visit.

Young people’s views guide WHO advice on HIV prevention and care for those most at risk

July 2014 | Feature story
Sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men and transgender people are at higher risk of HIV than the general population – a risk that is heightened if the person is young. WHO has produced specific guidance on how best to provide support and treatment for young people under 24 in these vulnerable groups, drawing heavily on young people’s own views.

Early HIV treatment: Tackling HIV among injecting drug users in Vietnam

July 2014 | Feature story
Nguyen Trong Hoa has been injecting heroin for 19 years but in January he finally knew he had to get help. He began methadone therapy to help break his habit and also had an HIV test at an outpatient clinic in Thanh Hoa City on Viet Nam’s north central coast.

Key populations’ communities participate in the development of the HIV guidelines

March 2014 | Feature story
WHO released HIV guidelines for key populations at AIDS 2014. It is essential for WHO to ensure that the guidelines reflect the needs of the key population groups so that national programmes can ensure the services for these groups are well delivered and impactful. We spoke with some of the representatives of the community organizations.


Madikane Ferguson’s story: “14 years taking antiretroviral medicine”

December 2013 | Feature story
On a warm December day in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, I met with Madikane Ferguson at the Ubuntu clinic. Ferguson, as he is called by his last name here, is one of the 8000 people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy at this clinic, which was the first HIV clinic in South Africa and still the largest.

When you have a hope

December 2013 | Feature story
The Ubuntu clinic was set up amidst the early days of HIV treatment crisis in South Africa and now has the largest number of patients enrolled on antiretrovirals (ARVs) in the country. The clinic now serves over 8000 people living with HIV from the surrounding districts in Khayelitsha. Sis Mpumie has worked as a nurse for over three decades and has been working at Ubuntu clinic since 2000.

In photos: adolescents and HIV

December 2013 | Photo story
More than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission. This photo story illustrates the lives of five adolescents from Ukraine, Philippines, Zimbabwe, Chad and India.


  • Helping to get 15 million people onto antiretroviral treatment by 2015
    December 2012 | Video mp4 [duration 00:01:03]
    Just over half the 15 million people who need antiretroviral treatment for HIV are getting the medicines they need. One key to increasing access to treatment, is to scale up voluntary testing and counseling, so that people who need treatment, know they need it.

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