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HIV/Aids education vital - Charlize

Charlize Theron says the plight of women affected by the disease remains a concern in SA.

President Jacob Zuma met with the US actress and UN Messenger of Peace, Charlize Theron, in Pretoria on 29 July 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has the capacity to spearhead HIV/AIDS campaigns in the world but the plight of women remains a concern, Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron said on Monday.

The Hollywood star was speaking in Pretoria following a meeting with President Jacob Zuma.

In her capacity as United Nations Messenger of Peace, Theron was joined by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.

Theron said that while South Africa has made great strides in the fight against HIV/Aids large sections of society remain vulnerable.

"There are still many people falling through the cracks, the youth in particular. The lack of support for young people, especially girls, is a major battle in our fight against this disease."

Zuma said the actress showed a keen interest in education and the youth.

"She's going to be visiting schools because we believe education of young people goes a long way to prevent any escalation of the disease."

Theron has been invited to help the Health Department re-launch the 'Know Your Status' campaign.