As many as 120,000 people live with HIV in Haiti. Many have been displaced since the earthquake that devastated the country, in conditions that experts warn may lead to a health disaster.
Outbreaks and Epidemics
Photographing and telling the stories of HIV positive Haitians after the earthquake requires sensitivity, earning the trust of the subject and allowing their common humanity to show through.
Three Jamaican gay men reveal their experiences living in secrecy, under the shadow of discrimination and threats of violence against the LGBT community.
In his fourth video diary, poet and reporter Kwame Dawes discusses the dramatic rise of gender-based violence and rape in camps in post-earthquake Haiti, and the potential for a related rise in HIV/AIDS cases. Filmed by Andre Lambertson.
In his third video diary, award-winning poet Kwame Dawes discusses an HIV/AIDS information hotline outside of Port-au-Prince. Receiving between 3,000 and 5,000 calls per month, mostly from men, the center is a vital source of information for Haitians about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Filmed by Andre Lambertson.
Raped and pregnant, a fourteen-year-old child in Haiti is pushed into a life of prostitution and poverty.
In the second edition of his video diaries, Kwame Dawes discusses the increasing sexual activity in the IDP and refugee camps in Haiti. Rooted in boredom, overcrowding and lack of privacy in the camps, some experts wonder whether this will contribute to higher rates of HIV/AIDS. Filmed by Andre Lambertson.
"Precious are the Feet of Those..." is the second in a series of visual poems chronicling challenges faced by Haitians infected, and affected, by HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Precious are the Feet of Those...
Poetry by Kwame Dawes Images by Andre Lambertson
Poet and reporter Kwame Dawes discusses HIV/AIDS in Haiti and the tensions between two different schools of thought on how best to address the problem.
Homosexuals and HIV-positive Haitians struggle for acceptance and adequate care in their country, where the earthquake has made their anguish many times worse.
An interview with Dr. Jean William Pape, who founded GHESKIO, a leading center for the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS for the past three decades.
"Boy in Blue" is the first in a series of visual poems chronicling challenges faced by Haitians infected, and affected, by HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake.