A photo exhibit in Russia is raising awareness about the rise in HIV infections among women in the country, The Moscow Times reports (moscowtimes.ru, 5/21).

Organized by UNAIDS, Stars Against AIDS features photographs of 25 famous women from Russia and Ukraine. The women, who include actresses, writers and television personalities, hope to encourage discussions about HIV among women. According to the article, 32 percent of people living with HIV in Russia are women.

“Some women suspect their husbands have many sexual partners but fear to be abandoned or beaten if they resist their husbands’ sexual demands,” says Maria Ivannikova of AIDS Information Service.

The photo exhibit opened May 15 and will run until May 29 at the Stella Art Foundation.