TAC supports new HIV plan

2011-12-01 09:04

Johannesburg - Aids lobby group, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), has welcomed the launch of a new strategic plan to fight HIV, the organisation said on Thursday.

"It is a bold plan. South Africa is showing leadership at a time when many other parts of the world are retreating from their commitments on HIV," it said.

"Already there are over a million people on treatment. By the time the plan is complete that number must be three million."

President Jacob Zuma was expected to launch the five-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) at a national World Aids Day event in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who chairs the SA National Aids Council (Sanac), and Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet were expected to mark the 23rd commemoration of World Aids Day at the Wolfson stadium. Cabinet ministers and members of Sanac would also attend.

The TAC said commitments set out in the NSP needed to be followed through.

"The NSP makes some bold commitments that will need leadership from the government, including the long delayed issue of the decriminalisation of sex work," it said.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi released the annual National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence survey - eight months later than expected.

According to the report HIV-prevalence among pregnant women in the country had increased from 29.4% to 30.2%.

There was a high degree of stabilisation in the percentage increase of pregnant women between ages 16 to 24 who were infected. However there had been an upward spike between the ages of 24 and 39.

Motsoaledi said prevention methods aimed at the youth were one of the reasons why the numbers had stayed within the "confidence interval".

He attributed the high HIV prevalence in the older category to a lack of antiretrovirals and counselling.

According to the survey, KwaZulu-Natal still had the highest prevalence of HIV-infected pregnant women, while the Northern and Western Cape had the lowest.


  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-01 09:16

    Condomize or die.... this should be our slogan.

      Impi - 2011-12-01 09:29

      I agree, but with tenders being awarded to corrupt officials who then supply inferior condoms from China to the clinics, a condom becomes useless. But thanks Poloyatonki for a positive comment. It joys my heart that we agree on something. LOL

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 09:50

      Nope.. They need to "amputate" the "mishiniwam" from HIV positive men. Should help curb the HIV rate, bring the amount of pregnancies down and get the leeching grant idiots less.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-01 10:45

      ServaasD .. I wont let you spoil my good mood.

      Deon - 2011-12-01 11:32

      Stick to 1 partner is safer.

  • Impi - 2011-12-01 09:25

    Too little, too late. I have now been orphaned 17 years due to Aids and the progress is too slow. A government can't reward teenage girls getting pregnant with a grant and hope to curb this terrible disease. This government has no idea how hard it is surviving without parents, let alone get an education when they make us pay these outrages fees at university. They have been in denial for 30 years (the old government as well) and I am tired of all the talk and not enough being done. Talk Talk Talk. Kids should get sex education from Grade 7 and learners should be rewarded with a grant for further education and not for making more babies and spreading this disease.

      smahlaba - 2011-12-01 09:34

      Sorry about your situation but its never too late to take action.

      smahlaba - 2011-12-01 09:41

      Sorry about your situation. Society should be responsible for teaching us about hiv and aids not necessarily government. We don't rely on government to teach us about tradition/culture/ or religion. It's everyone responsibility to be responsible for their family and loved ones. Grown up know the dangers of unprotected sex and having multiple partners.

      Impi - 2011-12-01 10:14

      @smahlaba. You know in our culture these subjects are not discussed. But you are very right about this issue. The time has come for society to start educating the kids.

      Marc - 2011-12-01 10:14

      Your're absolutely right, Impi. There certainly ARE grounds for social grants: disability, pensions, and other poverty relief. But the young need EDUCATION, SKILLS TRAINING, and other ENABLING programmes -- not rewards for promiscuity. More money needs to be spent on solving what is at heart a SOCIAL problem, and not to continue (exacerbate) it.

      Cindy - 2011-12-01 14:04

      Well put Impi...... rewarding apathy undermines economic development. You have hit the nail on the head with every word of your comment... I have to chuckle at govt and NGO's getting bent out of shape by WP offering prize money for HIV testing, whilst Govt spends billions on rewarding people for acting irresponsibly by giving Grants to children who should a) have received sex education and b)should be in school. You'll note that I've carefully not mentioned contraceptives. Even if these kids were given free contraceptives by the truck-load theyd never use them, the aim is pregnancy and the Grant....... sad

  • Bob - 2011-12-01 10:03

    It is amazing how this government expects and often gets a pat on the back by being bold on a past failure..! SA let HIV/Aids run rampant for years without any proactive workable plan or decisive action. Now per capita we have the highest HIV/Aids rate in the world. Now our President is suddenly going to be the new knight in shinning armour!. Yes the very same man that uses a shower to rid himself of the possibility of being infected after intercourse with and HIV positive female is leading the initiative for the new national strategic plan to fight HIV. What a joke…! 2012 elections are fast arriving and this is just another vote grabbing mumbo jumbo by the ANC. HIV/Aids is a serious problem and needs serious addressing….But by the right people!.

      Sithando - 2011-12-01 10:56

      You always make me sick bob,I hate fat-bald-stupid pigs.Will you breath out something positive in your life?

      Impi - 2011-12-01 11:27

      I agree with Sithando. Every comment of yours is drenched in acid. We all know we are not worthy to breath the same air as you!

      Maai - 2011-12-01 11:35

      Well said Bob.

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      Maai - 2011-12-01 11:36

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  • Thokozane - 2011-12-01 10:41

    My HIV plan is education, education, and more education. People need to be educated about the disease, this will help end the stigma that is still attached to HIV/AIDS. Surreptitious accretion, especially among young people, is due to denialism. Let's educate each other.

      Impi - 2011-12-01 11:21

      Amen Brother!

      Deon - 2011-12-01 11:41

      Not many people know that it is now considered to be a chronic managable disease like any other chronic disease. (High bloodpressure, high cholesterol, Diabetes etc.)

      Impi - 2011-12-01 12:48

      @Margie. Our problem is huge. If ministers are still sleeping around and taking this death sentence to their unsuspecting wives, when will we ever get this message through? We urgently need sex education from Grade 7 onwards if we are going to do anything about this disease. We have a government rewarding teenage girls to get pregnant. Do you think we are going to get them to introduce sex education in schools? Oh no, the churches will be on them like a rash. If 30% of pregnant women are HIV positive how many people are sick and when are we going to start educating people? My burning question today is what is our government doing about this issue. But as my boss taught me, an onion rots from the top. So if the ministers don't know how to wear a condom, where does that leave the kids that becoming sexually active?

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