Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Launched in 1988, the annual observance highlights worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.
World AIDS Day is also an occasion to show support for those living with HIV and to remember those who have died from the infection.
Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign Sbo Thabalalala describes the significant change around HIV and people living with HIV now, compared to 15-years ago.
“The situation around HIV and people living with HIV has changed dramatically and remember at that time we had less people that were on ARV’s and today we are talking about 50 present of people living with HIV on ARVs which is a great achievement. We are happy that the government came to party and they provided ARVs and they continue to provide ARVs to people who are living with HIV.”
Although life expectancy and stigma has improved, ARV availability is still a challenge for many people living with HIV.