Between stigma and hope: Living with HIV in South Africa
07 December 2020 | 7:08 am
Despite recent progress, the HIV pandemic is far from over, especially in Africa. DW correspondent Adrian Kriesch reports from South Africa where one in five people is infected with HIV. But there is hope is on the horizon.
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