Labson Nduna, who was arrested last year for allegedly killing his Motswana girlfriend, said he had defaulted on treatment for the past seven months.
“After I was arrested in November 2010 I stopped taking medication because of my status as a non-citizen of Botswana,” Nduna told the court.
“I have been told that the government cannot provide this medication for me.”
Botswana does not provide ARVs to foreign prisoners.
Nduna was denied bail because he was allegedly found with an expired passport and is considered an illegal immigrant.