Frederic Noy/Panos Pictures

Kampala, Uganda

Sherina, a competitor in the Y+ beauty contest, is hugged by her mother, Teopista, who congratulates her daughter for her third place. Sherina learned at age 5 that she had HIV. Her mother, Teopista, had discovered that she was herself infected and started taking medication before deciding to have her daughter tested. Teopista thinks that Sherina must have been infected as a baby through breastfeeding. Mother and daughter now live together in a cluttered classroom in a closed school building in Kampala that has no electricity. Teopista manages to get some income by cooking for a catering company. They do not pay rent, but the school is for sale and they'll have to move sooner or later. The Y+ beauty contest is a national competition with the message that people with HIV can also be beautiful, externally and internally. Participants compete for the titles of 'Miss' and 'Mister Y+'. The 'Y' stands for youth and + for HIV positive.

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