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In pictures: HIV Heroes

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

An exhibition by photographer Nell Freeman to commemorate the 20th anniversary of World Aids Day - on 1 December - taking place at Canary Wharf in London.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images

It tells the stories of individuals across Africa who have cared for those affected by Aids, and who are helping to end the spread of the disease.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Freeman spent 30 months in Africa meeting and photographing carers and education workers. She calls them the "true heroes" of the epidemic.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

They include workers like counsellor Majok Ding (left) who, along with a colleague, has set up a temporary HIV testing clinic in the office of the prison governor at the Sudan People's Liberation Army prison.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Women attend a training session in Rufisque, Senegal, to recognise the symptoms of STIs that increase the risk of contracting HIV. Astufa Faye, 56, said: "Today has been a good thing."

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images

Salii Ibrahim was selected by the village imam in Manji, Ghana, to become a peer educator. She talks to young women about preventing STIs and HIV.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Estelle Mbewe Liswani, an HIV positive workshop worker in Lusaka, Zambia, hangs some of the brain storm diagrams created by the participants on what Aids discrimination means to them.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Flore is one of the residents at Chagata Children's Home, in Ivory Coast. It is a small part residential/part day centre home for children infected and affected by HIV and Aids.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images

Zam and Edriss, from Uganda, are a discordantly HIV positive couple - she is positive, he is negative. Discordancy places strain on a relationship creating fears of infidelity and rejection.

Photograph by Nell Freeman / Reportage by Getty Images/ International HIV/AIDS Alliance

The exhibition is open to the public in the lobby of One Canada Square until 5 December.



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