30 November 2010

Living with HIV in Swaziland

Swaziland has the world’s highest prevalence of HIV and more than a quarter aged between 15 and 49 are infected. And those who disclose their status are severly stigmatised.

One year ago, in the small southern African kingdom of Swaziland, 25-year-old Zanele Mamba was living on the edge. She and her husband, Mfanzile Dlamini, were HIV-positive and had already lost two babies to Aids.

The couple lived for their 14-month-old daughter, Phiwa, who was HIV-negative, thanks to the prevention services Mamba received at a local clinic. Dlamini and Mamba also had access to government- supplied anti-Aids medicine, which allowed them to stay relatively healthy.


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