In 1997 Tamila Kotlyarevska was admitted to a psychiatric clinic in the Ukrainian city of Poltava. As one of the first drug addicts in the region to be diagnosed as HIV positive, she was seen as a particularly dangerous case – and a warning that drug addicts could fuel a major HIV/AIDS pandemic. But Tamara survived, overcame her addiction and started the ‘Light of Hope Center’ to help other Ukrainians living with AIDS. The Center provides a range of support for AIDS sufferers – from legal aid to prescriptions to firewood for heating. With HIV increasing by 20 per cent every year Tamila is determined to overcome the stigma still attached to the disease in Ukraine.