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Gauteng reduces Aids-related deaths

2012-07-26 12:17

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Johannesburg - Aids-related deaths have been reduced by a fifth in Gauteng, the provincial health department said on Wednesday.

"HIV infection among pregnant mothers has stabilised around 30% and TB incidence rates have dropped from 424 people per 100 000 in 2006 to 239 per 100 000 in 2010," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

The province had developed a new plan that aimed to halve HIV infections and provide 80% of eligible people with antiretroviral treatment.

"Currently there are 500 000 people on antiretroviral therapy in the province, and the number of people dying from HIV and Aids [related] complications has dropped by 20%."

The TB cure rate had also shown a significant improvement, from 64% in 2005 to 79% in 2010.

"The new plan seeks to build on these successes by reducing the number of new TB infections further, and cutting the number of TB deaths by 50% by 2016."

The province planned to step up its HIV counselling and testing campaign in the next four years, to ensure three million people were tested each year.

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