Faces and stories

There are many tales of those living with HIV/AIDs around the world and the work UNICEF does to support them. These are some of them.

Portrait of Joanita ( 4yrs) outside her home in Mbarara, Western Uganda. Joanita was born with HIV and needs to take medication on a daily basis. “I like eating rice and Irish potatoes.

HIV continues to deeply affect the lives of children and their families around the world. There are real people behind each statistic. Here are their stories. For more information, please visit the Children and AIDS YouTube channel and UNICEF Connect.


Elimination of mother-to-child transmission

When Maria received her HIV diagnosis, she thought she was going to die. Instead, she has given birth to two HIV-free children and has become a mentor to other mothers living with HIV. Clinic and community support for women living with HIV is paramount to preventing new infections.


Timely initiation of HIV treatment in children

An HIV diagnosis for a baby used to take weeks, if not months. Now a test, diagnosis and treatment can all happen on the same day. Timely initiation of treatment is a matter of life and death for babies who are particularly vulnerable to the virus.



Prevention of new HIV infections in adolescents

New HIV infections among adolescents continue to rise, in spite of best efforts to reverse the trends. Implementing new and innovative approaches to prevent new infections among adolescents is essential to achieving an AIDS-free generation.


The difference ALL IN made for me

UNICEF and UNAIDS launched the “ALL IN to End Adolescent AIDS” initiative in 2015 to galvanize global action on behalf of adolescents, who have been largely neglected in the global HIV response. As a result, adolescents living with HIV have found a voice and platform for ending the epidemic. Read about ALL IN here.



Out of the darkness and into the light: My story

Azima, 16 years old and living with HIV wants to change perceptions about people living with HIV and AIDS in Uzbekistan. She recalls her journey: from feeling scared and unwanted to finding her voice in the fight against stigma. Read her story


Have you ever thought of HIV as the solution?

Dr. Chewe Luo, associate director and chief of HIV and AIDS for UNICEF believes that advances in HIV can help advance the Sustainable Development Goals. From working in a clinic in Zambia to leading UNICEF’s global response from New York, read her reflections on her career.


Show and spread love

UNICEF and Katy Perry brought a group of young people together – both HIV positive and HIV negative – and watched some heartwarming moments unfold!


A journey of motherhood

For over two years, UNICEF and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria followed six women living with HIV throughout their pregnancies in South Africa and Malawi — two countries hit very hard by HIV. Here are their journeys of delivering healthy babies free of HIV.


The difference social protection can make

Protection, care and support services that address poverty, vulnerabilities and structural drivers of HIV are critical for an AIDS-free generation.


For more faces and stories of the response, please visit the Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS playlist and UNICEF Connect.