More S.Africans testing for HIV - survey

New data revealed that SA's campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV was working.

Condom use in SA increased to 66 percent, from 18 percent just 10 years ago, a survey revealed on 24 July, 2012. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - There was good news on HIV testing from Washington DC in the United States when new data revealed that South Africa (SA's) campaign to encourage people to get tested was working.

Results from the South African National HIV Communication Survey were released at the world's largest Aids conference on Tuesday.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi are in attendance.

The survey showed that nearly one million South African adults, every month, are tested for HIV. It also showed that condom use increased to 66 percent, from 18 percent just 10 years ago.

More than 17 million people have now tested for HIV - 10.6 million of whom were tested in the last 12 months.

The survey showed that President Jacob Zuma's decision to get tested for HIV publicly was one of the factors that helped increase the number of people testing for the virus.

The survey, which questioned more than 10, 000 people across SA in 2012, found that political leadership and powerful media campaigns were mainly responsible for the impressive turnaround.