Part I: The generations of AIDS

October 12, 2008 

Sam Givens, 61, arranges flowers on the grave of his partner, John K. Brunson, who died of AIDS in 1988.

C. ALUKA BERRY/CABERRY@THESTATE.COM — The State

Sam Givens almost died of AIDS, but survives almost 20 years later.

Colleen Yates had just celebrated her 34th wedding anniversary when she learned her son was dying of AIDS.

Stephanie Williams refused to be silenced after learning she was HIV positive.

Dayshal Dix, a teenager, has lived with AIDS since the day she was born.

Each has faced a frightening disease and found purpose. Each is part of South Carolina’s struggle against HIV/AIDS. Each is a witness to an epidemic.

From Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, The State published the stories of Sam, Colleen, Stephanie, Dayshal and other South Carolinians whose lives have been profoundly touched by HIV/AIDS, and whose needs inspired the state to take action.

Their stories were reported by staff writer Czerne M. Reid and photographed by C. Aluka Berry.

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