Photo: Gael Turine/Agence Vu
Kabinda Hospital Center (CHK), Kinshasa. It is the only dedicated HIV/AIDS medical structure in the capital city of DRC. Originally from Boma, this 27 year old woman moved to her uncle’s to be cared for in Kinshasa. Her mother left the village to remain near her. After a first hospitalisation in Boma, she was recommended to go to Kinshasa. Without going through other intermediary structures, she went to the Kabinda Hospital Centre to be properly cared for. Today is her weekly appointment to get her ARVs. After receiving her drugs, she asked to see a doctor for abdominal pain. In her uncle’s family, he is the only one knowing her status. Her biggest fear is that her children learn about it as they would spread the noise around in the neighborhood and her uncle would have to send her away.