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"Knowledge Has Empowered Us to Love Each Other": Stories From a Sero-Different Marriage
A Video Interview

By Olivia Ford

August 13, 2010

Major Rubaramira Ruranga and his wife, Eva Nkoba Kanyiginya, were speakers in a panel discussion on sero-different couples. They've spoken about their relationship on many occasions, being two of the minds behind the National Guidance and Empowerment Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (Major is its chief executive director, Eva its quality assurance advisor).

I was immediately struck by the easy intimacy and warmth between them, which they shared with me by graciously accepting my awkward invitation to be videotaped talking about their lives. I hope a bit of their unique personalities, and profound love and respect for one another, is captured in these videos.



Part One: Major's Story

Major Rubaramira Ruranga, 62, was diagnosed with HIV in 1989 after serving many years in the Ugandan military.




Part One: Major's Story
Major Rubaramira Ruranga, 62, was diagnosed with HIV in 1989 after serving many years in the Ugandan military.

Part Two: Eva's Story
Eva Nkoba Kanyiginya is 33 and HIV negative -- but she'd lost her parents and many other family members to AIDS-related illnesses before she was 16.

Part Three: Happy Endings, New Beginnings
Major and Eva share tips on keeping their sero-different marriage strong -- and introduce their 1 1/2-year-old son, Rolf.


This interview was conducted at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.


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