Address by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Mr Buti Manamela, to the Higher Education Hiv/aids Programme (HEAIDS) National Youth Conference Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
South Africa’s national response to HIV/AIDS and TB has over the last decade made significant strides that are globally recognized. In 2016/17, close to 10 million South Africans tested for HIV, as was the case in the previous financial year.
As at March 2017, a total of 3,8million people have been provided with access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). The TB cure rate has reached 85%.
Notwithstanding these great strides, empirical evidence points to disturbing trends in the attitudes, knowledge, perceptions and behavior of South Africans with respect to HIV/AIDS. I would like to quickly make reference to two national surveys conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).
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