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AIDS – The battle for life

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China is struggling to keep HIV-positive children alive. The problem is especially serious in its rural areas where a combination of stigma and a lack of proper care and medication leaves these children with an uphill battle against the deadly virus.

 

Bubbly, cheerful and playful. When I first met these five children at around 7.30am in the morning, they greeted me with their warm smiles and hearty giggles.

It’s another day in the life of these children who have AIDS. They contracted AIDS from their parents who were infected when they sold blood in government-run blood selling schemes, mostly in the central Henan and Anhui provinces.

Beneath their smiles and giggles, lies the heart-breaking stories of their personal fight against AIDS. Some of them were abandoned in the streets, others simply given up by relatives who could not cope with caring for them anymore.

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