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'New HIV/AIDS infections still too high'

Justice Edwin Cameron says despite progress SA has made, there is still an enormous fight against HIV/AIDS.

FILE: Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Edwin Cameron. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Constitutional Court judge, Justice Edwin Cameron, says although the country has achieved massive milestones in the fight against aids the last 10 years, there is still an enormous fight that lies ahead.

Today marks World Aids Day to create awareness of the virus.

Ten years ago, South Africa introduced free Anti-Retro Viral (ARV) medication in the public sector after a lengthy battle between activist and former president Thabo Mbeki.

Justice Cameron, who disclosed his HIV status, has been a strong activist for ARVs and says the number of new infections is still too high.

"We've got no ground at all for resting now. There is still an unbelievable number of people dying of AIDS, almost 200,000 a year. New infections are scary, each of us should worry about how fast young people are being infected every day."

He says despite the progress the country has made with treating the virus, there is still a stigma around it.

"We have to fight stigma if we're going to get an effective prevention message across. If we're going to get more people to test then we're going to stop dying from AIDS by getting more people onto treatment."

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