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Motlanthe to address Aids conference in US

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe represents SA at the International Aids Conference.

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JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is due to address the International Aids Conference in Washington in the United States on Sunday. 

Motlanthe will tell delegates about South Africa's fight to lower the infection rate of HIV/Aids. This is while speculation around his political future continues back home.

The deputy president’s spokesperson Thabo Masebe said Motlanthe will also speak about the record number of people testing for the virus and the drop in mother-to-child transmissions. 

“He will speak at the opening session and use the opportunity to highlight the progress South Africa has made in the fight against Aids.”

Earlier in the week, an impact study revealed that 107,000 babies born to HIV-positive mothers were saved from being infected. 

The mother-to-child HIV transmission rate dropped to 2,7 percent last year, compared to 2010's figure of 3,5 percent. 

This is after the Constitutional Court ordered government to make the anti-Aids drug Nevirapine available to all HIV-positive pregnant women in 2002.

Motlanthe is due to return to South Africa on Wednesday. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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