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AIDS Research Photograph by David Alan Harvey
Hawa Chelang'at came to Nairobi the unwed mother of two children. Without any means of support, she began to sell herself. When she got married, she quit and had three children with her husband, who died of an AIDS-related illness 1996. Now she has returned to prostitution. Remarkably, in a country where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is one of the highest in Africa, Chelang'at keeps testing negative for the disease. Doctors are not sure why, and this clinic in the sprawling market area known as Majengo caters to her and other sex workers with the aim of not only finding out why, but to come up with an AIDS vaccine. "We are attempting to see if we can actually prevent the disease," says clinic research physician Charles Wachihi Waigwa. The effort began in 1999. "It might take ten or fifteen years; we've just been after it six years," he says.
Camera: Nikon D70 Film Type: Digital Lens: 20mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/14
Weather Conditions: Indoors Time of Day: 9:48 a.m. Lighting Techniques: Strobe light Special Equipment: Light box