HIV/AIDS continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far. An estimated 36.7 million people were living with the disease by end of 2016. (World Health Organisation)
South Africa has the biggest and most high profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV in 2016 (WHO). This translates to a disproportionate 19% of the global burden of the HIV epidemic for a country that is home to only 1% of the global population.