|South Africa has the world's fastest growing AIDS epidemic,
according to the latest UNAIDS reports. Kwa-Zulu Natal is the worst hit province. Up to
30% of adults are infected (PACSA, 1999).
One out of seven children in SA will be AIDS
orphans by the year 2005. By the end of 2001, more than 200 000 children will have lost
their mothers due to AIDS. (PACSA, 1999)
not a disease,
although the virus has killed millions.
Aids is not a set of statistics,
although the numbers are horrific.
Aids is not a conference in Durban.
Aids is not a presidential PR problem.
Aids is not advertisements and education programmes, although these help.
Aids is a feeling of hopelessness and
Aids is young people who believe theyre immortal.
Aids is a secret known by everyone.
Aids is not knowing whatll happen to your children when youre gone.
Aids is people who are part of families.
Aids is everyday life carrying on against the odds.