Twenty years ago, a group of activists came together to demand access to treatment for all people living with HIV. 1 For a long time, getting HIV was seen as an “automatic death sentence.” 2 HIV/AIDS had devastated the African continent. South Africa, in particular, faced a spiralling epidemic: the number of people living with HIV had grown from 160 000 by 1990 to more than 4.2 million by 2000. 3 That year, the number of people living in South Africa dying in their 30s and 40s exceeded those dying in their 60s and 70s. 4

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Chapter 1
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