In 2003, I learned I was HIV-positive on a return visit to Zambia. In that moment I felt entirely hopeless as my mother had just recently passed away, too. I had the support of my family and those that I worked with, but no guarantee for my future. Would I, too, be part of the lost generation in Zambia?
Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.
My goal is to return to Tanzania and visit these amazing people and clinics again. But next time I want to tell more than a story of hope through photographs -- I want to tell a story of success. Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the first step toward achieving an AIDS-free generation.