KZN - highest new HIV rate

2016-06-22 06:00

THE Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, MP, launched the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids Programme (HEAIDS) First Things First HIV, TB, STI and general health and wellness programme for students in the higher education and training sector on Monday.

This is the first activation of First Things First in KZN this year as the programme seeks to reach all provinces and promote HIV testing to about two million students across 429 campuses and 73 institutions of higher education and training.

Supported by the provincial Department of Health and the Higher Education and Training sector, First Things First aims to prevent HIV, TB and STI infections, to provide a mechanism for treatment for those who are found to be infected with any of these, as well as to promote overall good health.

Over half of the world’s young population infected with HIV live in eastern and southern Africa. KwaZulu-Natal has the highest new HIV infection rate of the nine provinces, and the highest overall prevalence of infection (16.9%).

In KZN, 12% of youth in the 15-24 age group are HIV-positive, followed by Mpumalanga (10%) as the second highest, Limpopo’s youth in the same age bracket have the lowest prevalence (3.1%). (Source: SA National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, 2012)

First Things First is one of the initiatives of the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids programme, a national collaboration devoted to promoting education and awareness of HIV and other related health and social factors that set back progress by young people. Championed by the Department of Higher Education and Training, HEAIDS ensures that information and access to products such as condoms and services for testing, prevention and treatment are available within the higher education and training sector.
- Issued on behalf of HEAIDS by Meropa Communications.

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