The ANC welcomes the results of the study that purports decline on HIV infections
Despite this progress, new HIV infections figure is still very high. Notably, however, is the worrying factor and a concern from the findings of the survey which indicated that the high infection levels (7.9%) are amongst the youth aged between 15 and 24. The survey also found that the HIV prevalence rate was generally higher among females aged 15 to 24, and the number of new infections were three times that of their male counterparts.
The ANC welcomes the progress in expanding access to appropriate treatment, testing, care and support. We urge government to focus its resources more in aggressive prevention campaigns, which are aimed at reducing the rate of new HIV infections amongst the youth. In partnership with labour, business and community organisations to step-up the national fight against HIV and AIDS, we are confident that the infection rate can be drastically reduced.
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