Giacomo Pirozzi/Panos Pictures

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ruben (14) he lives with his parents and his older sister, they are all HIV positive. Apparently Ruben was born HIV negative. When he was two years old he had and accident with his sister while playing and they were both bleeding, their mother used the same cloth to staunch the blood. She thinks this was the only opportunity for Ruben to become infected. He learnt about his status in August 2017. He said he was worried about dying young. He checked his sister's drugs and understood she was also HIV positive. ''She is 21 and she is still alive, I guess I will be able to live at least until I reach her age'', he says. He attends the St Camille hospital where UNICEF supports a program for children living with HIV. He receives counselling, medical assistance and ARV drugs.

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Burkina Faso
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