Countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are ahead of SA in the fight against HIV/Aids. However, SA has made great strides in reducing mother to child transmissions and reduced the death rate for sufferers.
We are paying the price for unnecessary Aids debates that went on for 10 years. But life expectancy has shot up. Eighty-two percent of all HIV infections have been identified in 22 districts and we will concentrate on those districts.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister
A special achievement is that life expectancy has shot up. In 2005 HIV deaths were at it's peak. We are having less funerals and funeral homes are closing down according to anecdotal evidence.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister
Our treatment programme is among the best in the world because we have the biggest pandemic. As long as you test positive, you are immediately put on treatment and this is not dependent on your CD4 count, as previously done.— Aaron Motsoaledi, Health Minister
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