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South Africa to step up AIDS fight

07-19-2010 13:25 BJT

South Africa has one of the highest HIV and AIDS rates in the world, with more than 10 per cent of its entire population living with the disease.

With a high level delegation attending the International World Aids Conference in Vienna, the South African government looks to add to an aggressive approach against the virus, already underway.

South African delegates are expected tell the Vienna Conference of their government's new approach to fighting HIV and Aids A greater emphasis on HIV preventing and a massive testing and counseling campaign.

In terms of the new treatment plan, all HIV positive babies-under one year old will get anti-retroviral treatment.

HIV positive mothers-to-be -with a CD4 count of 350 or less will be put on treatment at 14 weeks of pregnancy to protect their babies.

Rene Del Carme, Pretoria, South Africa, said, "More than five and a half million South African are living with HIV/Aids.And about six hundred people affected by this devastating disease die in this country everyday.

Health officials believe the new HIV plan could help reduce the rate of infection in the country by 50 per cent in the next year.they aim to get around 15-million South African tested by June 2011.But are the goals set for the preventative campaign realistic and doable? "

South African President Jacob Zuma recently shared his HIV test results publicly.He said this was to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma still associated the epidemic. He stressed that the decision to get tested was an individual, voluntary and confidential one. And South Africans would not be pressured to disclose their status, whether they tested positive or negative.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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