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Nzimande backs HIV campaign

2010-03-29 10:45

Johannesburg - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday threw his weight behind a campaign to reduce HIV prevalence at universities and colleges.

"We are convinced that through collective efforts, we would be able to contain the spread of the disease, and reverse its negative impact on our communities," he said at a conference in Johannesburg.

Otherwise, "... we will be training young people for the grave, instead of the workplace."

Statistics released at the conference showed that the HIV prevalence rate among students was 3.4% and among academic staff it was 1.5%.

They found that administrative staff had a prevalence of 4.4% with service workers the most affected with a 9.9% prevalence rate.

Among the general population the prevalence rate is 16.9% in the 15 to 49 age group.