Mercedes SayaguesApril 19, 2009 09:07Updated May 30, 2010 11:51
PRETORIA, South Africa — Lynde Francis was a Zimbabwean who turned despair into hope.
First her own, upon learning she was HIV-positive back in 1986, when AIDS was a death sentence in Zimbabwe and elsewhere, she was determined not to give up and she blazed a path of optimism and health for herself, and for many others.
Those were the dark, lonely days when AIDS was seen as a plague, when African governments were silent about the epidemic, when families rejected HIV-positive relatives. Antiretrovirals were a just a dream.