Stigma of AIDS Strong in South Africa

by Alastair Leithead

Nelson Mandela’s decision to announce that his son died of Aids will send out a strong message in a country where stigma and denial still surround the virus.More than 600 people are thought to die every day in South Africa of Aids-related illnesses and millions are HIV-positive.But still people would rather say relatives died of TB rather than Aids – the most common opportunistic infection to kill those living with the virus.