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About "Life Don't Have to End."


"Life Don’t Have To End." is a compilation of stories, images, and wisdom from HIV positive men and women. Over a two-year period, more than 60 courageous individuals from the JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine dictated their personal life stories to Cricket Barrazotto, a friend to the JACQUES Initiative and photographer, for the purpose of compiling a book. These contributors wanted their voices and stories to be inspirational to others. The book speaks to the resiliency of the human spirit and body. Readers are exposed to tragedy and triumph as they share in the intimate journeys of the book’s contributors.

Additionally, Ms. Barrazotto spent a year teaching photography to several of the book’s contributors. It is the clients’ photographic imagery that illustrates the book. The photographers’ artwork from "Life Don’t Have To End." will be showcased during the Leadership in HIV Summit Reception.

Click the following links to read Dee-Dee and William G.’s stories.

To read the bios of the "Life Don’t Have To End." photographers, click here.