An estimated one in eight South Africans are infected with HIV, with prevalence rates as high as one in three in more deprived areas. It is estimated that three quarters of all new HIV-infections occur amongst those aged between 15 and 25. A national survey of teenagers found that one third of all youths between the ages of 12 and 17 are sexually active. Most children enter the education system HIV-negative; a growing number leave school HIV-positive, and many more become HIV-positive shortly after leaving.
Thus, dealing with this problem of HIV is a one of the priorities of Ikamva youth. HIV directly affects all aspects of individual’s life, including their education.