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Edwin Cameron 'feeling fabulous'

The Constitutional Court justice discusses his battle with HIV/AIDS and the state of our nation today.

FILE: Justice Edwin Cameron talking to EWN about reasons behind his HIV Positive status disclosure. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron, who is living with Aids, on Tuesday said he has never felt better.

He was speaking to Talk Radio 702's Jenny Crwys-Williams about his book, Justice: A Personal Account, published by Tafelberg.

Cameron was appointed to the Constitutional Court by acting President Kgalema Motlanthe on 31 December 2008.

He is a Rhodes Scholar and has received numerous awards for his work, writing and activism.

The 60-year-old is openly gay and was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. He publicly disclosed his condition in 1999, citing a combination of personal and political reasons.

A major factor was the murder of Gugu Dlamini, who was stoned to death in the street after she disclosed the fact that she had HIV on radio.

Her death drove Cameron to fight the stigma around the epidemic.

Nearly 30 years after being diagnosed with HIV and having lived for nearly 17 years with Aids, Cameron says he is feeling strong.

"I'm feeling fabulous. I have my eighth Cape Argus coming up in four weeks time, so I'm really well."

He says antiretroviral (ARV) treatment saved his life and urged other sufferers to seek the same medication.

"I really have a sense of joy because I was on my deathbed at the end of 1997. I started on ARVs at a time when it was affordable only for the super-rich like myself. I was using a third of my judge's salary to pay for my medication and now everyone has access to it."

His latest book is about his personal experience with South Africa's legal system.

"What I wanted to do was give South Africans something not in lawyerly language, not in highfaluting prose, not in dense, abstract concepts - something understandable which explains where we are with our Constitution and what it means to have a Constitution."

Listen to the full interview below, where Cameron discusses a range of topics including HIV and AIDS, sexual orientation and gender-based violence, as well as the state of South Africa today.

Justice: A Personal Account is available for R220 in both printed and eBook formats.

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