Today is just like any other for the people living at the Sparrows Rainbow Village near Johannesburg. They’re among more than 40 million people across the world living with HIV. Their plight, and those of others around the globe, is being highlighted today, the 18th World Aids Day.
In Russia it is the young who are being hit hardest. The country has opened its first orphanage for HIV positive children. Official statistics claim that by the end of last year, Russia had 340 000 people living with HIV. The country now has the fastest growing epidemic in Europe, with almost half of new cases being women of childbearing age.