Aids turnaround predicted

2012-01-19 22:43

Geneva - South Africa is expected to make a dramatic turnaround on HIV/Aids due to a change in government policies, a UNAids official said on Thursday.

"It now has more people with HIV infections than any country in the world, with 5.6 million. That is because a lack of political commitment before," said Sheila Tlou, UNAids regional director for East and Southern Africa.

"However there is a turnaround in the new government under President [Jacob] Zuma which is committed" in its fight against HIV and Aids, she said.

"By 2020 there will be massive reductions in South Africa."

Tlou said East and Southern Africa was known as "the centre of the epidemic" because of the 34 million people living with HIV in the world, almost three quarters live in that region.

"One of our targets is to reduce new infections by 50%" by 2015, she told a press conference in Geneva.

But Tlou noted that recent reductions in the commitment of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which assists UNAids, could have a negative impact on the fight against the disease.

"There has been quite a lot of progress since 1997 with a 25% reduction in new infections in our region," said Tlou, a nursing professor and a former Botswana minister of health.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-19 23:01

    Yeah Riiiight.....Zuma is committed to taking a shower after having sex with HIV + women, thats about were the committment ends.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-19 23:15

      Yip! Do as he says (if you can read between the lines of his vague speeches and statements) and not as he does. I wonder how many new infections he's caused.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-20 06:47

      Basically she is saying that its all Mbeki's fault that we have the most Aids cases. Mmmm, does that make him legally liable for hundreds of thousands of deaths - a form of Genocide? Can he and Dr Beetroot be held accountable in the Hague?

      ClaudsClosest - 2012-01-20 08:38

      Don't be so synnical Mundu. Everyone has the ability to learn, and the fact that Zuma's actions may have proved stupid before, does not mean that he can't recognise the importance, and feel the obligation to, turn around the country's AIDS education and status.

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-20 09:00

      Mbeki is just a scape goat , who was pulling his strings ? Damn the man.

      Ian - 2012-01-20 09:08

      No, give Zuma a chance, instead of supplying free condoms, he is going to install showers all over SA, his new motto "enjoy the hour, then take a shower"......

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-01-20 03:21

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry! As I'm reading this AIDS thing, a huge block to the right of my screen reads: LA: Government forces porn stars to wear condoms! And we wonder ..... ???

      Pierre - 2012-01-20 09:12

      Yes there was a nice thumb picture too, but it did not want to enlarge.

      Mandy - 2012-01-28 06:37

      LAUGH PLS, im doing enough crying for everyone. this is exactly why i hate reading or listening to the news. it just upsets the hell out of me...

  • reynard.j.debeer - 2012-01-20 04:05

    If our leaders make commitments like these, and fail to succeed I believe that they should be punished for not achieving these goals, in fact not even coming close to achieving them. That is the story of our leaders, post '94 (excluding Madiba)!

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-20 04:55

    Oh please !! Pull the other one, it plays jingle bells !!

  • Ntombiziyabusa - 2012-01-20 04:58

    These morons have been 'wrong' about our AIDS statistics many times before. They cannot even tell an HIV infection from a pregnancy. Yet they use pregnant women as an indicator for HIV prevalence. But lets face it. HIV is an industry fueled by the creed - HIV causes AIDS therefor ARVs are the only answer! These morons will never give up on HIV, even if people continue dying. In fact, every death seems to be a victory to them. We are screwed, in every sense of the word.

  • Max - 2012-01-20 05:48

    Where are the facts or information in this article, it is just an unmotivated prediction. I predict that the weight of the avarage South African will increase by 1.5 grams by the end of next year due to global warming....what load of sh.t.

  • thinga - 2012-01-20 06:23

    Leprosy, no cure at the time of Jesus; Aids, no cure at the time of Sun Myung Moon.

  • malcolm - 2012-01-20 07:04

    Impossible to have reductions in HIV/Aids, unless they have found a cure. I strongly doubt that South Africa has the highest number of infected people in the world. How does one determine a new infection. Perhaps the aids virus has a date stamp on it.

  • Bryn - 2012-01-20 07:10

    Agree, we can thank the brainless Thabo and his sidekick Manto for complete denial on the HIV Aids issue. Marcel maybe you need to read the book After the Party by Andrew Feintsein. The government could afford the ARV program, in fact they could not afford not to afford it. What's even worse is that they wasted billions of rands on a scandalous arms deal lining their and their comrades pockets (Mbeki included) to the detriment of millions of people suffering with Aids......absolute disgrace! Shame on you Thabo. You deserve to be charged with murder. You went against everything the old ANC fought for and stood for and you abandoned the people of South Africa at their biggest time of need. Recent studies also conduced show that infection rates drop drastically with HIV patients treated with ARV's, meaning that it dramatically slows the chances of passing on the virus and the spread of the disease.

  • Eduard - 2012-01-20 07:17

    I hope SA lead the fight against HIV/ AIDS and get a cure. Just think how this country will benifit not only from Africa but the world too, if we find a cure. If ever there is an opportunity to be a hero, that is one!!!! BTW...Africa should tell the chinese.....if you want our resources, get us a cure for HIV/ AIDS, like a trade-off..what you think?

  • paul.duplessis - 2012-01-20 07:27

    How's that for an ANC legacy under leadership of Thabo Mbheki? Surely this inhumanity has and is causing far more damage and deaths than the Apartheid regime ever did? Yet, the sheep shall vote for the wolves.

      Pierre - 2012-01-20 08:00

      Don't fool yourself. Denial won’t wipe away Apartheid.

      Ja - 2012-01-20 08:23

      Nor will stupidity Pierre .. something you have in abundance ..

      Pierre - 2012-01-20 08:47

      Ja everybody you don't agree with is stupid. Quite convenient, but not very clever.

  • Goldie - 2012-01-20 07:47

    Well, clearly HIV/ AIDS will completely disappear in Africa as soon as we all follow our esteemed President's example and have a shower after sex. Or maybe the answer is in beetroot and garlic... Definitely one of the most silly articles I have read in a long time!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-20 07:57

    oh please! Just because the policy changes doesnt mean the implementation is going to change!

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-20 08:12

    HA ha ha ha ha ha this comming from a president who humps everything that walks past him, lets hope he does not visit the big hole in Kimberly

  • Pierre - 2012-01-20 08:36

    Infection rates already started to come down since 2003. The government had education programs since the late 90’s; ARV pilot programs were initiated in early 2000’s. The Mbeki government took pharmaceuticals to court to make generic ARV’s available, and the resulting win was a massive victory for AIDS patient’s world wide. I agree all did not went well with the ARV issue and too much of an emphasis was on alternative medicines, which sent out a wrong signal. (Although the media was equally responsible for creating a misinformed view.) But understand the Mbeki government’s problems on finance for one, mass rollout of fairly untested drugs (remember AZT). Drug resistance issues of people not returning for treatments. There are massive problems to consider and the Mbeki government had an argument at the time to first initiate pilot ARV programs and not handing a blank check to the pharmaceuticals. I realise my view on this is a lonely one with even history starting to assume Mbeki’s denial rather than proving it. So go ahead and p all over my comment. There is not enough space to express a proper defence, but the important things is that the AIDS scenario under Mbeki was more complex than people try to make it now.

  • ClaudsClosest - 2012-01-20 08:39

    Everyone has the ability to learn, and the fact that Zuma's actions may have proved stupid before, does not mean that he can't recognise the importance, and feel the obligation to, turn around the country's AIDS education and status. We need to stand together to educate the uneducated, and I only wish I had the opportunity that Zuma has risen up to.

  • Joop - 2012-01-20 09:53


  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-20 10:28

    Yes coz people are eating mor beetroot and garlic as Dlamini Zuma said we should, and taking showers after having unprotected sex with a AIDS infected person as Jacob Zuma did. These Zuma's are at the forefront on the global fight against HIV/AID's. I feel so good about that.

  • Mandy - 2012-01-28 06:35

    Thats so wonderful that zuma can forsee our future with regards to aids, i would love to know what qualifies him to come up with that little prediction of his...i have just spent the last 3 hours reading about all the rapes and sexual activities going on in those areas that are swarming wth the virus.. the only way its going to decrease is by actually losing 15% of aids victims... unfortunately, but i just dont see HOW ZUMA IS GOING TO DO IT... UNLESS HE INSTALLS A SHOWER IN EVERY HOUSE HOLD.. ok, ya no thats one way... ok, no NOW I SEE IT, IT CAN DEFINATELY BE DONE. . .

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