Still no success in fight against Aids – Cyril Ramaphosa

2014-10-27 10:39

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Many achievements have been made in fighting HIV and Aids but the country cannot claim success, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

“South Africa, with the highest number of people living with HIV and Aids, has rolled out the biggest treatment programme in the world,” he said today at a media briefing on the 2016 International Aids Conference.

“[However] we are still concerned about the stubbornly high numbers of new infections.”

Ramaphosa said the stigma around HIV and Aids continued to undermine treatment programmes.

The 2016 conference will be held in Durban. This is the second time South Africa will host the conference. It was last held in the country in 2000.

“A decade and a half later ... we’ve made much progress in tackling the epidemic in Africa ... we can claim many achievements but cannot claim success,” Ramaphosa said.

The response to HIV and Aids had to remain prominent and global coverage had to be continuous.

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