Sama endorses Zuma Aids policy

2009-12-02 22:27

Johannesburg - The SA Medical Association (Sama) on Wednesday endorsed President Jacob Zuma's HIV/Aids strategy.

"Sama commends President Jacob Zuma on his bold announcement of the change in HIV policy and management," the organisation said in a statement.

"Sama has always held the view that our approach to Aids management must change if we were to make progress."

On Tuesday, Zuma outlined changes to the country's HIV policy, including treating all HIV-positive children under the age of 1. In addition all people with both TB and HIV would receive treatment if their CD4 count was 350 or lower. The CD4 count threshold was previously set at 200. CD4 count is used as an indicator of how sick a person with HIV is.

"Whilst more people will receive treatment, we hope fewer and fewer will become infected. Aids needs a multi-pronged approach, the most effective being minimising the risk by changing behaviour and practising safe sex," read the statement.