20 years after Nkosi Johnson’s death – are we winning the war against HIV on this World Aids Day?

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Nkosi Johnson with his adoptive mom, Gail, in their Melville, Johannesburg home. At the time of his death in 2001, the 11-year-old was the longest-surviving child born with HIV in SA.
Nkosi Johnson with his adoptive mom, Gail, in their Melville, Johannesburg home. At the time of his death in 2001, the 11-year-old was the longest-surviving child born with HIV in SA.
Drum Archives / Ronnie Kweyi

There was a time when it was an illness no one wanted to talk about – openly.

This despite the fact that almost every tent we saw every weekend pitched in the backyards of homes in our communities signalled one thing and one thing only: a burial. 

And the cause of death? More often than not HIV/Aids.

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