“The time has come to zoom in on HIV vulnerability of transgender women.”
South Africa is making positive strides in the fight against disease including HIV and Aids, says SA national Aids council deputy chairperson.
But Steve Letsike was adamant that more had to be done to protect the vulnerable transgender women for whom recently-released statistics were nearly 49 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the rest of the population.
He said the government and its partners were implementing the largest HIV treatment programme in the world to an estimated 4.2-million people.
“But with 7.1 million people estimated infected, it is clear that much more remains to be done,” said Letsike adding that the country’s response to HIV was remarkable for one other reason.
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