Aids Focus

Govt concerned about cost of HIV/Aids

2010-12-01 11:01

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Pretoria - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he is concerned at the cost of coping with Aids in the country with the world's largest number of HIV-positive citizens.

But in an interview marking World Aids Day on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the government has no choice but to keep spending, or risk reversing its gains.

He says if better decisions had been made earlier, costs would be lower now.

On last year's World Aids Day, President Jacob Zuma gained praise by pledging an ambitious testing and treatment campaign and more vigorous efforts to stop the disease's spread.

Motsoaledi is in charge of the campaign, and has been praised by Aids activists who repeatedly clashed with a previous health minister who promoted beets and garlic as Aids treatments.

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