Letta Coaloa
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Muted Response to AIDS

Letta Coaloa
Caregivers Freda Mapma (left) and Joyce Maake (right) help patient Letta Coaloa into a small tub. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Dying without hope
Letta Coaloa, 37, is bathed by volunteer caregiver Freda Mapma. Coala has AIDS and cannot walk or stand without help. Her son Charles, 18, taunts her about death. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Letta Coaloa
Joyce Maake bathes AIDS patient Letta Coaloa. Joyce is a caregiver with “Good Hope,” which is based in Tembisa, South Africa. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Letta Coaloa
AIDS patient Letta Coaloa sits her bed, too weak to stand on her own, after a caregiver bathed her. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Tracking AIDS’ toll
Traditional healer Flora Mogano pages through her records. The highlighted patients have died. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Pumphile Ngcobo
Pumphile Ngcobo and her baby are both HIV positive. She lost two sisters to the disease. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Pumphile Ngcobo
HIV-positive Pumphile Ngcobo and her son Khethokuhle Ngcobo, 3. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Pumphile Ngcobo
Pumphile Ngcobo, 39, carries laundry inside her small home in the Vosloorus Township, Vumbuka Hostel, outside of Johannesburg. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Pumphile Ngcobo
Pumphile Ngcobo talks to her neighbor through a fence. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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