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Nolukholo Klass

Nolukholo Klass, 18 years old, is charming, outgoing, positive, and photogenic - she modeled more than she shot. Her portrait, was taken in Nolukholo's shack in Khayelitsha, by Nozandulela Samela.

Pregnant during the project, she had her first baby, a boy, in April and allowed the birth to be documented for a project video. Nolukholo is very comfortable talking with others about HIV and wants to educate people. She hasn't, however, disclosed her status to her family and her boyfriend has not yet been tested. Nolukholo wanted to be in the project to show people that they should accept those who are positive and to show that anyone can become infected. She said most people do not expect her to be HIV positive because she only had two boyfriends and "condomized." She'd like people to see that they could also be HIV position, so they should go get tested.


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Before we could not build houses but today women can. We can do anything that men can do.
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