In numerical terms, South Africa has suffered more than any other country in the world from the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Although statistics seem in recent years to be heading in the right direction, 7,000,000 persons — 18% of all adults — carry the virus, and nearly 200,000 people died from the effects of AIDS in 2015.
Two groups in South Africa extremely affected by the epidemic are truckers and sex workers. Pomona is a truck stop where there’s a lot of contact between them.
North Star Alliance Clinic, Pomona Truck Stop Johannesburg, South Africa
If only the stigma goes down and people are coming to do the test…
North Star Alliance has 36 blue box clinics operating across 10 countries in Africa. One of them is located in Pomona Truck Stop, Johannesburg. In 2015 more then 250 thousand people visited these clinics.
The North Star Alliance clinics are an important weapon to fight the HIV and AIDS epidemic among hard-to reach populations, like truck drivers and sex workers.
Photography: Erik Smits