HIV increase 'alarming': deputy president

By Drum Digital
05 November 2014

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

"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, 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 SA National Aids Council plenary would probe 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'd like to reverse that trend," he said.

-SAPA

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