Harsh realities

Women who are open about their HIV positive status risk becoming victims of violence in South Africa.

In December 1998, Gugu Dlamini, a South African AIDS activist, was kicked, beaten and stoned to death in her home township of KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal province after disclosing her HIV positive status.

In August 2000, the husband of Mpho Motloung, a young teacher from Soweto, shot her in the head, before turning the gun on her mother and father and, finally, himself. On Mpho’s body, a note was found with the words: "HIV Positive AIDS." — L.N.

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