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.
“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