HIV/AIDS: Implications for Local Governance, Housing, and Delivery of Services
South Africa was once notorious for apartheid. Today, it is the acquiredimmunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic. In 2000, President Thabo Mbeki made international headlines with his claim that AIDS was not caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and his reluctance to implement the health responses that were unanimously adopted by the worldwide medical community. Over 4.7 million South Africans are living with HIV and AIDS-related deaths are estimated to make up to 31% of all deaths, increasing the mortality rate by 45%.2 By 2010, when such deaths are projected to peak and to comprise 67% of all deaths, mortality will increase by 205%.