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    Millions of people in Asia suffer from HIV/AIDS, and millions more lives are affected. Mother to child transmission of the disease, usually after the man contracts AIDS from a sex worker and then transmits it to his wife, has produced children infected with the disease numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Families are torn apart and lives are ruined, all by a disease that could be controlled to high degree with simple education as well as proper medicine and medical facilities. One of the primary reasons for families to be thrust into poverty in the developing world is when one member becomes ill, especially if it's the bread winner of the family and they are infected with illnesses like HIV/AIDS.

    As a photojournalist it is always difficult to photograph subject matter that you are closely emotionally tied to, yet that emotional tie also allows you a passion for the work and a sense of purpose in documenting it. Photographing people dying from AIDS—the same disease that I lost my father to—has been a personal mission of mine, mainly because I hope to create awareness that may save others from the pain of living with the disease, dying from it or losing a loved one to it.

    When you know what it is like for someone to suffer through AIDS in the Western world, watching people suffer through it in the absolute worst of conditions is beyond difficult. To see people sleeping on hospital floors, coated in flies with barely enough energy to open their eyes to look at you, it is hard to bring the camera up to your face and shoot. But this is my job; it is what I have chosen to do and I have done so because I believe in the power of the still image to effect change.

    This story was photographed between 2004 and 2005 and re-edited in 2009.

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    1. freakdog 60 months ago | reply

      Awesome and moving.

    2. oscuroabismo 60 months ago | reply

      A great photograph that shows a great tragedy for the humanity. Thanks to bring it and to remove cosciences to us

    3. kevinandmclean 60 months ago | reply

      terrible beauty

    4. newbie101 60 months ago | reply

      My only concern is the caption is far more descriptive than the picture!

      Take for example the Starving hand of a child
      www.personal.psu.edu/suj133/blogs/ist590-fall2008/starvin...

      You instantly connect with it - emotionally and intellectually. You don't need to read what it's about, you can visually see it.

      "When you know what it is like for someone to suffer through AIDS in the Western world, watching people suffer through it in the absolute worst of conditions is beyond difficult. To see people sleeping on hospital floors, coated in flies with barely enough energy to open their eyes to look at you, it is hard to bring the camera up to your face and shoot."

      ***I just don't see it***

    5. mylesrants 60 months ago | reply

      Master of emotion

    6. Joe Stuczynski 59 months ago | reply

      Keep up the good work and for continuing to raise awareness.

    7. delboys passion 59 months ago | reply

      poinient shot, moving and a fact of unpleasant life

    8. deckwalker 59 months ago | reply

      Very powerful. Thanks for sharing.

    9. plenilunio74 59 months ago | reply

      Dura......................

    10. josetornero 59 months ago | reply

      srong, painful and dramatic imagen we do not need to see more to know what is there congratulations in all your imagenes

    11. Alejandra H. Covarrubias 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called **Social Documentary Photography & events**, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      gracias
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      **Social Documentary Photography & events**
      Please do visit:
      El hombre que sabe demasiado sobre el terrorismo norteamericano
      www.flickr.com/groups/554061@N20/discuss/72157619871878019/
      (The mann that knows too much about the american terrorism. This is the story of Kurt Sonnenfeld the only videographer, who was allowed to film at Ground Zero in New York. He was working for the FEMA. Now as a political refugee in Argentina).


      .


      ;)))
      Freedom of Expression allways against racism, discriminations and against all kind of MAFIA.
      .

    12. Alejandra H. Covarrubias 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Critical Condition: Health, Medicine, and Survival, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Jorge Argüello 55 months ago | reply

      Me encanta el estilo...estremecedora imagen

    14. alainboucheret 53 months ago | reply

      bellisima merci.

    15. travelmeasia 45 months ago | reply

      great. you managed to tell the story just using a detail. the hands can be so expressive!

    16. Acierman 42 months ago | reply

      no ...im sure its not easy ....but people need to see the truth..this is why you need to go on with your amazing work...bravo my friend

    17. Thiago Pinheiro 41 months ago | reply

      it tells all the story.
      congratulations for your job. its incredible how you translate all the pain into images!

    18. cresponaon 40 months ago | reply

      Great catch.
      Light is awesome!

      Please feel free to visit my gallery and comment my photostream at: Cresponaon's Gallery I'll apreciate it. See you!

    19. naza.carraro 36 months ago | reply

      really tell a story.. good one

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