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World Aids Day: HSRC Cares and Acts: 0% HIV-Related Deaths, 100% Life

01 December 2011
08:45 - 10:00

On 1 December, we commemorate World AIDS Day. Globally, on this day we take a moment to acknowledge those who are living with HIV, and those we have lost to AIDS. All around the world, this day is also used to raise awareness of the devastating effects of the epidemic and to focus our efforts on the issues that require our attention. This year our focus is on young women in South Africa who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. We invite you to join us, the Human Sciences Research Council, in honouring and raising awareness on this important day. 

Our National Household HIV/AIDS and Health Survey conducted in 2008 highlighted some important risk factors impacting young women in South Africa. We found that:

  • Only 13% of women were aware of their HIV status;
  • Young women have an almost four times higher chance of getting infected than young men, 16.9% versus 4.4%;
  • Young women who have sex with older partners (’sugar daddies’) stands a much greater chance of getting infected with HIV; 

If you are a young woman, what can you do to protect yourself?


  • Get tested for HIV – know your status 
  • Encourage men and women to make themselves available for early testing
  • Continue to use condoms every time you have sex
  • Decrease the number of sexual partners you have – this will reduce your risk of acquiring HIV
  • Try to avoid having sex with much older sexual partners – if you do have sex, use either a female condom or a male condom.  

Kindly RSVP by 25 November 2011



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