Nonkosi is AIDS Ark’s first ever beneficiary. Here you can see her with opportunistic infections defining AIDS just before she started antiretroviral medication provided by AIDS Ark and one year later.
Her health was so bad in October 2002 that her doctor in South Africa feared there was little hope for her at the time, notwithstanding our intervention and resulting access to ARV drugs. Though her survival was further complicated by a bout of tuberculosis, Nonkosi made it through. Once her ARV treatment started, her viral load decreased and she has continued to prosper since.
Nonkosi is one of the fortunate people who have been saved by AIDS Ark funding.
Yet, in many developing countries millions of HIV-positive people who need access to antiretroviral drugs to prevent AIDS still are not getting them – almost 2 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2011 alone.