Positive Lives - Responses to HIV and AIDS
These photographs produced as part of a collaboration between Network Photographers , the Terrence Higgins Trust, The Levi Strauss Foundation and The Elton John Foundation examine issues surrounding stigma in society and failures of Government policies around the world to confront the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS.
19 imagesPersonal accounts of people living with HIV in India and their struggle against the stigma facing them.
14 imagesThe Ashram was set up by paediatrician Dr Manorama to care for ophans of AIDS victims. In India about 14% of all HIV infected and AIDS patients are children. Their plight is often made worse in having lost one or both of their parents to the disease, and family and society have abandoned them.
4 imagesHIV and AIDS are locked away with the prisoners of every such institution, adding pressures to already pressurised lives. In 1988 the Home Office estimated that 0.1% of the inmates of British jails were HIV-positive. However at the same time, studies in Europe revealed that in Switzerland the figure was 11%, in France 12.6%, in the Netherlands 11% and in Spain 18.7%. It is reasonable to suppose that out of our prison population of 50,000, some 8,000 people are carrying the virus. The government has been spending millions of pounds on a publicity campaign to drive home warnings of the dangers of AIDS and the importance of safe sex. It has given the go-ahead for needle exchange schemes to be set up around the country. Research suggests that 6% of all male and 16% of all female prisoners were drug offenders. In prison culture, needles or syringes are reported to have a greater value than the drug itself because of their scarcity. The government will not condone the illegal use of drugs in prison by operating a needle exchange. These photographs and accompanied texts give voice to those within British prisons who are confronting this epidemic.