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 Carolinas 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.