HIV increase among youth ‘alarming’ – Cyril Ramaphosa

2014-11-06 08:31

The increase in the number of new HIV infections in South Africa is “quite alarming”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa told MPs.

“The increase in the number of new infections is a matter of concern to all of us. We’ve been witnessing much higher increases, particularly among the youth,” he said yesterday, responding to a question on the matter in the National Assembly.

Ramaphosa said there were “quite a number of reasons” for the rise, but did not expand on these.

He said a coming South African National Aids Council plenary would investigate the issue, and come up with programmes and activities to stem the increase.

“The new infections in our country are quite alarming at this stage, and we would like to reverse that trend,” he said.

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