FRONTRUNNERS are men and women who are leaders in their field with regard to HIV and AIDS, and those who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments to build a better future. FRONTRUNNERS can be men and women from the HIV community, from HIV grassroots organizations, from the world of science, politics and medical care; and activists and artists. FRONTRUNNERS are the ones that lead us, inspire us, and can give us a look into the future.
It’s difficult for young people with HIV in Zambia. Because of the big stigma associated with HIV it’s not easy to talk about this virus openly. Many young people are living with a huge secret. Disclosure; sharing your HIV status with others, is a complicated and fraught affair. In Shambala’s portrait we see how she tackled this when she first told two friends about her HIV.
Alex conduct his own, tough fight with HIV. It’s good to see his desire not to let HIV dominate his life. Read Alex’s book and get inspired by how he remains an up-beat boy.
Photography: Marjolein Annegarn
Text: Erwin Kokkelkoren
Translation: Pete and Jane Redman
Graphic Design: gebr.silvestri
Produced by: Bert Oele and Erwin Kokkelkoren