File Image: Get tested and know your status: Picture: Phando Jikelo / ANA

CAPE TOWN - HIV remains a global health challenge as around 36 million people worldwide live with the disease. 

According to the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) mid-year population estimates for 2017, approximately 12,6% (7,06 million) South Africans are HIV positive.  

#WorldAIDSDay is the top trending hashtag of the day as the world shows its support in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. 

To complement the global campaign is the theme for this year , "Right to health" which is also trending. 

Here are what South African's have said on Twitter:

34 years after HIV was diagnosed there is no cure. We need to ask:

1.Do we have greedy pharmaceutical companies that would close shop if a cure is found?

2.Are our scientists not skilled enough to find cure?

3.Is the virus too clever?#WorldAIDSDay

Be loud. #WorldAIDSDay pic.twitter.com/xPGPc6cCK3

Good morning. Today South Africa joins the rest of the world in commemorating #WorldAIDSDay. "Let Our Actions Count: It Is My Right to Know My Status, Prevention is My Responsibility". #WAD2017 pic.twitter.com/MCdJwgmBzq

There should be constant awareness and activism throughout the year especially since South Africa has one of highest infection rates in the world. #WorldAIDSDay

#SouthAfrica has worlds biggest HIV treatment programme with 3.7 million on ARV drugs #WorldAIDSDay

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE