AFEW's photo exhibition, titled 'Giving Hope to Many', was displayed at the Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference.
The exhibition houses the work of AFEW specialists in Russia and Central Asia, and attempts to show, through artistic means, the people affected by HIV: both those who need help and those who provide it.
The photographers exhibited are Adriaan Backer and Liza Shurik. The photos of Adriaan Backer, a well-known Dutch photographer, show the lives of vulnerable groups in Central Asia - i.e. injecting drug users, commercial sex workers, patients from AIDS centers and tuberculosis clinics, and prisoners.
Former AFEW staff member Liza Shurik - an American of Russian descent - has a degree in photography and is the laureate of prestigious student photo contests in the U.S. She chose a difficult topic for her photo session: the life of an HIV-positive girl in a Russian province.