Zhang Xueying, who is not infected with HIV, shows cards that help her receive government funds and help in Liuran village, Lixin county, Anhui, Nov 27, 2011. Zhang`s husband died from AIDS in 2004. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]
Lixin, in East China`s Anhui province, is not only a state-designated poor county, but also an area that has been battling HIV/AIDS.
Since the first case was reported in Lixin in 1995, there have been 1,249 people living with HIV/AIDS, as of November 2011, an increase of 28 from 2010. The death toll is 244, with 14 deaths this year. Photos from Lixin`s Zhangbanqiao village and Liuran village show how life goes on under the government`s support.