More than 1
million people are converging on Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this
week for the nation's annual water festival and boat
race. This year, for the first time, HIV-positive
Cambodians are crewing one of the 400 boats.
"We want to show
that people living with HIV are normal people and
capable of action like others who don't have HIV," said Sia
Phearum, who is a member of a local HIV support
network. The crew includes seven women and 38 men who
are HIV-positive, plus 10 backup members who do not
have HIV. The team's boat features a banner reading,
"Representing the voice of people living with HIV."
The team's T-shirts bear the slogan "Turn
discrimination into action."
"Even if we do
not win the race, we can still win the fight against
AIDS," said Horn Saveth, a female participant who has been
living with HIV for five years. (AP)