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HIV/Aids: Females in rural parts of SA most at risk

More than three million people in South Africa are currently on Antiretroviral treatment.

FILE: Today marks World Aids Day. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Aids Council says although there's been a reduction in new Aids infections in the country, females in rural parts of South Africa remain most at risk.

The group says women between the ages of 15 and 24 years make up a quarter of new Aids infections.

Today marks World Aids Day and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has the biggest HIV treatment programme globally.

He says this shows the country's commitment to achieving an Aids-free generation.

The council's Fareed Abdullah says "We have momentum in this country; there is no doubt about that, but we come from a dark place. Ten or 15 years ago our story of HIV was a rather tragic story and the government has rightfully concentrated on treatment."

At the same time, The National Aids Council says the country has gained the necessary political momentum to adequately prevent new Aids infections.

On World Aids Day, more than three million people in South Africa are on Antiretroviral treatment.

Abdullah says today's Aids message by government has been a turning point.

"The message was being called out; unless we get on top of prevention, unless we focus on these new infections, we will constantly have to put more and more people on treatment. I think the momentum has shifted quite nicely for the last period."

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