Dying, and alone, in Myanmar

by Seth Mydans

A 49-year-old man in the advanced stages of HIV has not told friends about his situation because of the social stigma attached to the disease. “The worst thing for me is the loneliness,” he said. Two weeks after this photograph was taken, he died. For many people infected with HIV  in developing countries,  lack of nutritious food frequently speeds death, or, when anti-retroviral treatment for HIV is available, reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. Photo: International Herald Tribune

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