HIV-AIDS: Much has changed in South Africa since these illustrations were commissioned.
Please know that these illustrations were drawn in a dark part of South Africa’s history when the government’s treatment of HIV was bizarre, erratic and criminally misguided.
Instead of ARV treatments which were criminalised, patients were told to eat lots of garlic, the African potato or ‘madumbi’, as well as plenty of beetroot. Hundreds of thousands of people died needlessly and in agony. A figure of half a million has been mentioned.