ARV SWALLOWS

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe has at least 1.4 million people living with the HIV virus, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Named for the life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs used to control HIV infections, the ARV Swallows are an Epworth-based team of HIV-positive women who play football to fight stigmas about the illness. They follow every victory with a walk through their clinic, singing triumphant songs to motivate fellow patients.

Before and after matches, ARV Swallows team members speak to the stands about living with HIV, giving HIV/AIDS educators time to discreetly hand out male and female condoms.