The 2018 International Aids conference, which took place in Amsterdam, is one of the largest conference in any global health issue.
Director at Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre At The Mail And Guardian Mia Malan chats to #WeekendBreakfast host Africa Melane about what unfolded at the conference, and how they are combatting the fight against AIDS.
Malan says that she attended her first AIDS conference 20 years ago.
I can safely say that things have changed because back then, it was a very different situation she says.
Malan adds that there were no treatments available in Africa, and the only way to prevent infection was to use a condom or abstain.
She says that now we have more options because research has advanced.
There’s an HIV prevention pill, there’s treatment that can also prevent infection. There’s voluntary medical male circumcision that you can undergo, and they have measured infection specifically in South Africa.— Mia Malan, director at Bhekisisa Health Journalism Centre At The Mail And Guardian
Malan says that the rate of new infections is slowing down which is a good indication that we are winning the fight.
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