Conversations: HIV and the Family

Conversations is a project that tells the story of families living with HIV. Combining photographs and first-person reflections, it tells of how HIV came into their lives and how they are dealing with the disease.

The concept of 'family' has a wide definition, and includes people who live with and support those living with HIV. Whilst living with HIV includes sadness, families speak
of how they are empowered by dealing with the many challenges that are part of HIV. In the face of HIV, there is compassion and courage, openness, sharing and love.


For further information on using the Conversations and Living Openly displays, or obtaining printed copies of the Conversations book, contact Helen at CADRE on telephone (011) 339-2611 or via e-mail at .

For more information regarding the workshops, please contact Betsi Pendry of The Living Together Project on 082-666-5505 or via e-mail at .


  1. Conversations: HIV and the Family
    2006. Gisele Wulfsohn, Betsi Pendry & Maren Bodenstein
  2. Positive Families. Article in Femina Magazine, December 2006
    2006. Betsi Pendry and Maren Bodenstein
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  3. Living openly: Stories and images of HIV positive South Africans.
    2000. Giséle Wulfsohn and Susan Fox
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