South African woman celebrates living with HIV for 22 years

A South African woman who has been living with HIV for 22 years took to Twitter to celebrate.

Sharing a beautiful photo of herself, @MMancobeni celebrated her feat for living with the virus for 22 years.

She Wrote;

“22 years living with HIV and still kicking I’m Thee Girl”

 

South Africa has the biggest and most high-profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.7 million people living with HIV in 2018.

The country accounts for a third of all new HIV infections in southern Africa. In 2018, there were 240,000 new HIV infections and 71,000 South Africans died from AIDS-related illnesses.

Women are disproportionately affected by HIV in South Africa. In 2017, 26% of women were estimated to be living with HIV, compared to around 15% of men.

In 2018, 140,000 women and 86,000 men became HIV positive.10 In the same year, 4.7 million women were living with HIV compared to 2.8 million men, reports avert.org

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