20 April 1999
Justice of the Constitutional Court, Edwin Cameron made headlines in 1999 when he announced that he had been living with HIV for twelve years. Cameron was a judge at the time and is one of the first few high profile people to publicly disclose their status. Cameron has stated that his disclosure was inspired by the case of Gugu Dlamini, a woman who was stoned and stabbed to death after disclosing on a local radio show that she had HIV. Cameron has been active in the fight against HIV/AIDS. While serving as a human rights lawyer at the Witwatersrand University’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies, he co-drafted the Charter of Rights on AIDS and HIV, co-founded the AIDS Consortium and founded the AIDS Law Project.