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HIV + Photograph and captions by Nathan Weyland


The devastation and pain that HIV causes families has been well documented. However, what is not frequently realized is how the virus can be passed to children and continue to threaten families and strain finances. In Mexico, less than one quarter of pregnant women can access medication to prevent transmission to their child. This series of images is a portrait of one such family. [Nathan Weyland]


Kevin Damian, 8, was born HIV positive. He takes a wide variety of medicine three times a day to keep his illness at bay, and makes monthly trips to the hospital for check-ups and blood samples. His mother died of AIDS six years ago at age 20.


In Mexico, HIV transmission from mother to child remains a serious problem and one that photographer Na- than Weyland has begun to explore with his project, ‘Born HIV+.’ Weyland stumbled upon this little-known problem in Mexico during his participation in the 2008 Foundry Photojournalism workshop, and was imme- diately drawn to the compassionate community and family members who strive to deal with this situation. “I learned so much about how HIV can continue to devastate a family for more than one generation, something I never even realized before,” Weyland explains. “[Grandmother] Teresa,” the primary caretaker for Kevin and his uninfected brother, “was immediately warm and open—so common in Mexico—and she seemed to understand what I wanted to do and why. Doing this type of work, being let into people homes and lives, be- ing present during their most intimate moments, really teaches you something about generosity and sharing.”


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