HIV rate outpaces prevention - Motlanthe

2011-08-25 19:19

Cape Town - The rate of new HIV infections continues to outpace prevention efforts, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Thursday.

Replying to questions in the National Council of Provinces, he told members there were now an estimated 5.38 million people with HIV in South Africa.

"This translates into a HIV prevalence of 10.6% for the overall population, and 16.6% for the 15 to 29 year age group," he said.

Among pregnant women tested, HIV prevalence had gradually levelled off to just below 30%.

"In terms of HIV incidence, which is the rate of new infections, estimates suggest an annual incidence of 2.0% to 2.4% in the first half of the [past] decade, starting in 2000; and about 1.2% to 1.7% in the second half.

"The rate of new infections continues to outpace our prevention efforts, and thus prevention programmes will be prioritised in the new national strategic plan which is being developed for the term 2012 to 2016."

Responding to a question on whether South Africa was winning the battle against HIV/Aids, he said a number of programmes had begun to have an impact.

"The programme for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV has yielded remarkable results.

"Recent health statistics show that transmission rates have declined from 10% to 3.5% over the past three years, with KwaZulu-Natal reporting further improvements down to two percent."


South Africa had the world's largest antiretroviral programme, with over 1.3 million people currently receiving treatment.

"An important issue to note is that the number of deaths due to HIV-related causes is beginning to show a decline due to the intensification of antiretroviral treatment.

"Research conducted by the HSRC [Human Sciences Research Council] also shows that young people are engaging in safer sex practices by using condoms, and this has led to a slight decrease in new infections among young people."

Over the past 15 months, the country had embarked on the world's largest HIV counselling and testing campaign, which had resulted in more than 14 million people being tested, of which two million people were found to be HIV positive.

"Given the fact that South Africa has a huge challenge and burden of disease due to HIV, the impact of current interventions will bear fruit over a period of time due to the nature of the infection.

"However, it is critical to emphasise that prevention is the key pillar of our response, and all sectors of society must collaborate and unite in efforts to reduce new infections," Motlanthe said.

  • Lestor - 2011-08-25 19:28

    Thats never going to change with the current government method. You need a change in social values.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-25 19:47

      What SOCIAL VALUES???? They get ENCOURAGED by their leaders to PRO-CREATE... and RAPE almost seems like a National Sport!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-25 19:50

      Downward Spiral started when the ANC decided to hand out a CHILD GRANT every month to UNDER AGE PARENTS and the Un-employed... thinking it will ONLY assist in their ELECTIONEERING, Votes in the Bank ... LITTLE DID THEY KNOW!!!!

      Sedick - 2011-08-25 19:56

      And Mbeki and the ANC fiddled for years when they refused to acknowledge that we had an AIDS crisis in the making......

      Met - 2011-08-25 20:05

      17000 school pregnancies in KZN in 2010 alone! Nine million children growing up without a father in the home; 2 million aids orphans, soon to double; 65% of children in SA going to bed at night without adequate nourishment; More than 100000 households run by a teenage sibling; i, 5 million children in urgent need of care; and just for good measure, more than half of a very large prison population, under 25.

      anfield - 2011-08-25 21:01

      Seeing it's the youth that's suffering the most, time for fat boy to step in and save the world. Ooops too busy being site manager on his new property. Ah well never mind, maybe the 'imperialists' will continue to give Africa handouts.

      Boer - 2011-08-25 21:09

      Looks like nature is taking over.

      Marcell - 2011-08-26 05:54

      Blame it on the ancESTORS!

      Virginia - 2011-08-26 09:10

      Becareful what you say Lestor, the"white" nation will be blamed. The President is no roll model.(1) their problem is Rape , part of their traditions, and this is where most of it is coming from.(2) Africa has transported itself into this country so up goes our %. The best thing in this country and the rest of aftrica is sterilisation and let the next generation grow up with new and better ways of life.

      Virginia - 2011-08-26 09:10

      Sorry Anfield his busy mining.

      rasklot - 2011-08-26 20:16

      Lester, here is the problem, as explained to me by some rural Africans on a recent visit. “Up the bum no babies” seems to be one of the birth control solutions favoured. No condom needed and it feels better. I was also quite surprised to hear that AIDS does not live in the rectal cavity, but in the vagina (or punda as it was referred too) naturally, rather bewildered I started to explain that the rectum in fact increases the chances of HIV infection many fold due to the massive amount of blood vessels that will rupture with penetration. …..I gave up after a minute……..God bless SA

      Lestor - 2011-08-26 22:43

      @rasklot Well that is just Darwin's theory at work.

      Gazza69 - 2011-08-29 09:40

      Do away with the grant you pay your people to breed!!!!!!!

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-25 19:40

    Just keep growing that beetroot and all will be fine..

      setsompa - 2011-08-25 19:51

      Unfortunately HIV does not discriminate.

      william.botha - 2011-08-25 20:06

      Yes setsompa, it seems some people don't either concerning sex and behavior. It is mostly self inflicted.

      B4UGO - 2011-08-25 21:18

      Stop humping everything that moves.............

      Vernon - 2011-08-26 15:32

      and build more showers.....

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-26 16:24

      setsompa it does disciminate against those who have unprotected sex.

      Vela Stardust - 2011-08-26 22:30

      HIV does discriminate. HIV picks on stupid individuals who won't condomise. It is a preventable disease that people go out and catch! They actually have to chase it down and catch it! There are a few innocent victims but most went out there looking for trouble.

      john_jones - 2011-08-28 15:42

      @motsokwane. 1. I have never been tested for HIV. 2. I KNOW my HIV status. 3. Someone like you will never be able to figure that one out will you ?. ha ha

  • watak - 2011-08-25 19:48

    Population control, Great.

      setsompa - 2011-08-25 20:06

      Watak, why do you associate HIV with family planning?

      darkwing - 2011-08-25 20:09

      If people don't do population control, nature will.

      Skuinskoek - 2011-08-25 20:14

      watak - I population control is URGENTLY and seriously needed, but you comment is in bad taste. We need to go back to "responsible parenting" family planning programmes.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-27 23:53

      you reap what you sow.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-08-28 09:34

      Africa needs HIV otherwise the population will just expand to the point where there is no food. It is either death by starvation or HIV or Africans in Africa.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-08-25 20:10

    Rape of babies, thru to ninety year olds is a national sport for Africa. In Europe three hundred years ago the life expectancy was 38 for a male. We're getting there right here in South Africa in 2011. In 2030 there will be no over population and land to spare. Patience brother! In a hundred years it will all be the same!

      anfield - 2011-08-25 20:58

      Yep, nature has a way to restore balances. Maybe 100 years from now, it will all begin again with fat boys 'imperialists' trekking to rebuild this once wonderful country.

  • Skuinskoek - 2011-08-25 20:13

    Scary thought - the number of HIV+ people is about the same number of people paying tax - you make the summs!

  • Moeketsi - 2011-08-25 20:15

    the issue of HIV is the time ticking bomb

      jetman - 2011-08-25 21:16

      The rules of the game is easy. Rule 1. Keep your pants up. Rule 2. Keep out of jail. Rule 3. When in jail refer to rule 1.

  • 50something - 2011-08-25 20:15

    The vast majority of cases are self inflicted whether you like it nor not - if you choose the lifestyle, you must face the potential subsequences. Giving antiretrovirals to more patinets, encourage others to carry on with their lifestyle because the risks are getting less. Figure it out for yourselves. What education is there to prevent HIV and encourage people to have single partners, abstain from having sex with anything that moves on two legs?

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-25 20:27

      There is so much education out there that it's quite nauseating, so don't blame it on that. Rather blame it on genetic factors because people refuse to understand and don't want to live with morals and values.

  • wheazel - 2011-08-25 20:35

    At least we have reached a point where we are HONEST & OPEN about the burden of the pandemic.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-25 20:46

    I guess a shower should do it! Ask JZ -- it works!

  • anfield - 2011-08-25 20:53

    So having a shower after sex, doesn't work?

  • JWM24 - 2011-08-25 20:55

    Dream on Motlanthe! Official SA stats on HIV infections are notoriously understated when compared to those of more credible agencies, such as UNAIDS, WHO and PEPFAR. In fact, UNAIDS reported in 2009 that 5,5m South Africans were infected with HIV, and by then our HIV prevalence rate among the 15-29 year old was already 18.3%. These numbers you are quoting are way out of date and arguably 10-15% shy of reality. Now that you have no hope of getting close to the 2015 Millennium Goals, and international donor funding is under threat, you announce the development of a "new National Strategic Plan"! Is this also going to cost us USD1.61bn per annum in taxes, or have you found another way of wasting our money on your misguided and ineffective strategies?

  • ex optimist - 2011-08-25 20:57

    "An important issue to note is that the number of deaths due to HIV-related causes is beginning to show a decline due to the intensification of antiretroviral treatment." How did the Government come to this conclusion? HIV-related causes ie AIDS not allowed to be listed as the cause of death on the death certificate? "Natural causes" is the norm. Furthermore our HIV/AIDS statistics are from the public health sector, private sector doesn't divulge stats.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-27 23:57

      so now we have a population of ARV dependents spreading it even faster because they stay alive longer. a "perfect storm" for pfeizer.

  • silverflash - 2011-08-25 21:07

    Due to low Iq levels the masses dont realize the danger in unprotective sex , We need to seriously send in the army to help educate .. or else

      Netherlands - 2011-08-26 06:34

      HAHAHAHAHA!!! 2/3rds of the South African ARMY IS INFECTED.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! The BLIND leading the BLIND??????

      Nkalakatha - 2011-08-26 09:31

      SA got a horny bunch of people !!! " 26 children, no food, no shelter BUT still horny " !!

  • silverflash - 2011-08-25 21:08

    oh wait ... they also struggling with the same problem eish Houston we have a problem..

  • Spawn - 2011-08-26 07:16

    i LOVE it, the ANC voter-base is decreasing. HIV is a natural population-control mechanism. Let it be.

      WhiteFight - 2011-08-26 09:05

      Pity it takes so long to kill them though...

      nixie - 2011-08-26 09:21

      @spawn and WhiteFight - you both seem like very nice, thoughtful and well-rounded individuals. NOT

  • werner.smidt - 2011-08-26 07:27

    Yeah ... I'm really scared about the day the AIDS orphans reach adulthood.

  • Daan - 2011-08-26 07:51

    "Outspace" heh? Exelent english for the 2nd in command of a country. Well done mr ..... eeeeeh eeeeeeh eeehhhhh?

      darkwing - 2011-08-26 20:28

      Daan, it's actually 'excellent'.

  • Johannes Viljoen - 2011-08-26 07:52

    By some comments it seems that only blacks get AIDS if I read words like they their leaders etc in some comments.. NEWSFLASH: EK KEN PERSOONLIK BAIE WIT STUDENTE WAT SAAM MY GESWAT HET, UIT GEGOEDE FAMS, WAT AIDS HET, this AIDS does not sescriminate on basis of race, dudes its a SA prblm NOT A BLACK prblm

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-26 16:31

      As much as you may have a point. I'm sure if the demographics were allowed to be released we would see just how wrong you are.

      doctor28 - 2011-08-26 22:24

      You're right that its possible for HIV to infect whites and blacks. If you look at the stats though.. When I last checked.. The rate among whites is about 5%. In blacks its was about 30%. There are many theories along the lines of social values, genetics etc.. Personally I subscribe to the genetic arguement..

      Vela Stardust - 2011-08-26 22:39

      I say again. HIV and AIDS does discriminate. It discriminates against stupid people who indulge in unprotected sex. It is a preventable disease that people chase to catch. Cuba had the best solutions for HIV and Aids. The isolated all the infected people together at one end of the island.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-08-28 09:49

      It is pretty easy to hold off having sex whilst waiting on test results to ensure you don't die a terrible death. White students (supposedly smart people) who get HIV are rather dumb. I've never done anything with a girl without us going for blood tests first. Here and there girls were offended causing the relationship to come to a grinding halt but most were pretty impressed and quite happy to know that everything was going to be safe. If a girl or guy doesn't want to get tested it is best to stay far away. Demographics show black people are much more likely to get infected, it is not like black people to defer enjoyment. They live in the immediate present with no regard for the future, like Zuma.

  • SirMark - 2011-08-26 08:20

    Africa`s last hope

  • albacore - 2011-08-26 08:54

    Where is the voice of JM and ANCYL in this dreadful situation????.Maybe in the USA trying to sell mining rights to the Russians and a few others.Thought we did'nt know about this latest move,hey.Should get a few tongues wagging...Where there is smoke........ .

  • WhiteFight - 2011-08-26 09:04

    Good. The population needs to be reduced. I just wish it worked faster.

  • deminimus - 2011-08-26 16:10

    Even the goats are not safe in Limpopo

  • rasklot - 2011-08-26 19:47

    Here is the problem, as explained to me by some rural Africans on a recent visit. “Up the bum no babies” seems to be one of the birth control solutions favoured. No condom needed and it feels better. I was also quite surprised to hear that AIDS does not live in the rectal cavity, but in the vagina (or punda as it was referred too) naturally, rather bewildered I started to explain that the rectum in fact increases the chances of HIV infection many fold due to the massive amount of blood vessels that will rupture with penetration. …..I gave up after a minute……..God bless SA

  • doctor28 - 2011-08-26 22:21

    When you really honestly think about the whole HIV issue its mindboggling.. I mean we have the cure. Everyone gets tested and if you're positive then you either condomise every time or abstain. Within 20 years the infection rate will drop to such low levels that the virus will eliminate itself seeing as its so weakly infective. The question that begs is are people such animals that they can't apply mind over matter and make the decision to use condoms or are the really just animals slave to their urges? According to the statistics on HIV our population are mostly just animals unable to control their urges!

      doctor28 - 2011-08-26 22:26

      These stats included the high risk teen to young adult age group

      JP Miller - 2011-08-27 18:47

      When I first became sexually active as a teenager I was ignorant about STDs....there was no education in those days, not at school nor from parents or peers. The important thing is to educate, educate, educate....however with a 30% pass much education on STDs will actually go down..?

      JWM24 - 2011-08-28 14:07

      @JP Unfortunately Education is not a panacea for every problem - a few alcoholic drinks and even the most educated will succumb to primitive instincts

  • Chillibean - 2011-08-27 05:46

    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT MR DEPUTY PRESIDENT, WHEN .............. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it “The Lottery!” We have rewarded laziness and called it “Welfare.” We have killed our unborn and called it “Choice.” We have shot abortionists and called it “Justifiable.” We have neglected to discipline our children and called it “Building self-esteem” We have abused power and called it “Politics.” We have coveted our neighbour’s possessions and called it “Ambition.” We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it “Freedom of Expression!” We have ridiculed the time-honoured values of our forefathers and called it “Enlightenment.” We have ignored capital punishment and called it “Correctional Services.” We have ignored God’s instructions and have called it “Human rights.” We have ignored morals and have called it “Democracy.”

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-28 00:00

      wow bean. +1

      Raynor - 2011-09-19 02:15

      Chillibean, what kind of a god would give us AIDS?

  • jonathanroyandrews - 2011-08-27 17:08

    read this if you want to know about AIDS!!! there is so much misinformation!

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-28 00:09

      hmm. thats funny... that virus i sequenced for my MSc in Genetics 2 years ago just had CD4 antigen producing codons, and a whole bunch of retro transcription factors and assocated posons for no apparent reason. And when exposing CD4 cells to this particular virus, they just happened to be turned into viral factories, systematically killing off the hosts immune system making it indefensible to common diseases by coincidence. Sorry to say.. but the only thing missing peer review is the website you mention Johnathan.

  • umhlopo - 2011-08-28 10:12

    Great news

  • Zion - 2011-08-28 14:25

    In 1992 was at work reading an article relating to the prevention of Aids in a newspaper. On of my helpers was reading it over my shoulder and later we discussed the problem. What transpired was amazing. This Black guy was 27yrs old, fluent in English, his own language and Afrikaans. he passed matric. The basis of his argument is the aids epidemic does not exist but the prevention tactic is the Whitemans ploy to control/reduce the black birth rate. At the time Anti-retrovirals were unknown. We argued back and forth eventually he was asked if he has any faith in the current treatment- condoms. His reply was negative. His claim was that aids is only a verstopping van die pypies ens. (Aids is only a blockage with the plumbing etc.) That mine, Anglo American was busy, at the time, with a multimillion Rand anti-aids campaign. This was about 10 years after aids had been identified. In 2006 I was employed by De Beers diamond mining company. This companyalso had a campaign costing millions to combat aids due to the prevalence of it in the Northern Cape. Sufferers were eating lemons and strange herbs, and Garlic. We all know where that idea of garlic came from. Excuse the wording: Ek gaan na die meitjie toe, ek bataal haar R10 dan gaan koop ek Knoffel (Garlic). It was a joke to them. De Beers was supplying anti-retrovirals to sufferers even after they were pensioned or left the mine. This was 26 yrs after the identification of aids. Aids Is not going to go away. We are stuck with it.

  • Genevieve - 2011-08-28 17:14

    All people, black & white, whoever, know that sleeping around unprotected puts you at risk. So, why persist in taking the risk? Can't you control your impulses long enough to think about precautions? It will come back to haunt you big time. Don't blame anyone, except yourself. Sad fact is, that we, your family, have to pick up the pieces of your stupidity. Then you want us to feel sorry for you.

  • kilo39 - 2011-08-28 21:11

    Please tell me that the educating of people about the risk of HIV and AIDS is combined with educating people about birth control, voluntary sterilisation and the woman's right to say no for sex, even to her husband. Every single problem in this country is linked to the fact that the people who can least afford to bring children into this world have been having multiple children. Because of this the pool of poor people has grown incredibly in the last 50 years and is now unmanageable. How on earth can this country 'create' millions of jobs without bankrupting itself. Who knows maybe AIDS killing off a few million reckless people is a bonus for those who prescribe to a monogomous relationship and who can control the urge to fornicate with anything that moves. Less people, more jobs available, better quality of life for all. At some point the youth are themselves going to realise that they need to reduce the competition for jobs and then what ?

  • Emil Loffler - 2011-08-29 10:25

    Hopefully aids will increase millions fold and wipe out all those masses voting for the anc and their ilk. There is no god to bring retribution, only nature with it's twists. Sometimes it can work in the favour of those who are long time victims of black crime and all the other negativites that come fom that nation.

  • Emil Loffler - 2011-08-29 10:36

    To Michael E. Browery, it's a pleasant thought, but we need that now, in the present. There can't be retribution for us against the anc 100 years from now. We won't be here then to have that better life. If only aids will decimate them to an endangered species is what all of us whites fervently wish for. Most of us whites can't leave this country because of limited finances, so we're trapped here, stalked by millions of terrible negroid mongoloids. Hopefully in the not too far future a war of great justifiable retribution and revenge against them will ensue.

  • Emil Loffler - 2011-08-29 10:40

    There can be no solution here regarding the negroid nation, only back to Apartheid or leaving the country is the only hope for us whites to have some kind of a normal life. Sadly most of us don't have the finances to leave this accursed country have been so unfortunate to have been born in.

  • torsten - 2011-10-13 17:16

    Going to SA in november, I am a bit scared over the aids situation and the rape culture.

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