Photo Stories: African Women and Kids
Affected by AIDS Share their Lives



Nthabiseng Lamona

Nthabiseng Lamona is 25 years old and lives in a three-bedroom brick house with water and electricity in Khayelitsha. She lives with her mother, 2 brothers, her sister and her two children (she gave birth to a little girl just before the project started). She is a lovely, outgoing woman with a positive outlook on life and is determined to help others.

Nthabiseng discovered that she was HIV positive in 1998 after she was raped on the beach; her family knows her status. She didn't tell her partner at first about her status, but she did use condoms. As it ends up, her partner was also HIV positive, but didn't tell her. He split the condom with a razor and she got pregnant. Her child is HIV negative.

Nthabiseng wanted to be involved in this project because "so many people don't accept HIV and think it's the end of the world." She wants to show them that this is not the case and that if your CD4 count is high you can have a baby and be healthy. She believes that everything depends on your outlook and wants to give people hope. She wanted to take photos of herself and how she shares her status with her family and friends. She also wanted to take photos of her healthy child.

comments from website visitors:

She is indeed a source of hope to many especially to millions living with the disease who are still hiding because of the stigma .she is a crusadre of hope for this millions
Nwabuko john
Posted Monday, November 23, 2009 10:25PM

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