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HIV/Aids: Correctional Services making 'significant progress' with inmates

Last month, Gauteng recorded a 100 percent TB cure rate among sentenced criminals.

FILE: The Gauteng region of the department says it’s exceeded its targets. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - As the globe marks World Aids Day, Correctional Services says it's made significant developments in its HIV and Aids programs for inmates.

The Gauteng region of the department says it's exceeded its targets, meaning that 98 percent of HIV-infected offenders now receive Antiretroviral treatment.

The media have visited the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria to see how the wellbeing and rehabilitation of inmates is being ensured.

Gauteng's Correctional Services Department says along with an increase in HIV and Aids management, it has also seen vast improvements in its Tuberculosis (TB) treatment.

Last month, the region recorded a 100 percent TB cure rate among sentenced criminals.

Officials say this is due to the implementation of its prevention strategies, which include medical male circumcisions offered at facilities.

Authorities at the Kgosi Mampuru II facility say programs are underway to ensure that those who leave the prisons system continue to seek the necessary primary health care.

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