World Health Organization
Voices of hope: stories from communities affected by HIV and AIDS
Staying alive is a celebration: Cynthia's story
Don McCullin/Christian Aid

Cynthia, 36, started her antiretroviral treatment in September 2003. "I am very glad I am on the drugs, I am much better. I have no pains or fever or headaches. I don't have the money to buy drugs, so am very happy to have free drugs."

Cynthia was photographed at the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic in Khayelitsha, South Africa.

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