The International AIDS Conference opens today in Washington, D.C. My colleague, Ruthann Richter, is attending the conference and will be writing about her experiences there.
With the conference in mind, I've selected this image of Patrick, a young African boy, as this week's image. Patrick's mother, who is pictured in the background, died from AIDS-related complications in 2004. Patrick, thankfully, is not HIV-positive and is healthy. He is now in an orphanage and recently received an award for being the first in his class.
The photo comes from Ruthann’s award-winning book, Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa, which she authored with Karen Ande.
Previously: International AIDS Conference: Day One and Image of the Week: Esther
Photo by Karen Ande