'Don’t let Covid overshadow AIDS'
“As Coronavirus and state capture occupy so much of the news agenda in 2020, HIV/AIDS, has been muscled out of our collective conscience.” - The Citizen’s Editorial Comment on World AIDS Day (1 Dec 2020).
There are 7.7-m people living with HIV in SA. Last year 200 000 new infections and 72 000 AIDS deaths were reported.
“Meanwhile, COVID-19 claimed the lives of about 22 000 people in the roughly past 10 months.
Although SA has one of the highest incidences of this virus in the world, it also has one of the most effective awareness and treatment systems. People have to be responsible for their own health when it comes to HIV and to COVID-19.”