As many as 28 per cent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, according to figures from the country’s health minister.
Local media reports minister Aaron Motsoaledi unveiled the statistics and admitted the figures “destroyed my soul”.
He said just 4 per cent of schoolboys have the virus.
"It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men," the Sowetan newspaper quoted Mr Motsoaledi as saying.
"We can no longer live like that."
Mr Motsoaledi called for an end to the trend of young girls becoming involved with “sugar daddies”.
Motsoaledi also revealed that 94,000 South African schoolgirls fell pregnant in 2011, some aged as young as 10.
I don’t even know what to say.