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Correctional Services to improve HIV treatment programmes

The dept says it wants to strengthen partnerships with stakeholders to see further improvements.

FILE. There are hopes that stronger partnerships with the health department in various municipalities will see improvements in the monitoring and evaluation of former inmates. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department says it wants to strengthen its partnerships with external stakeholders to see further improvements in its HIV, Tuberculosis and Sexually transmitted infections (STI) treatment programmes.

Figures recorded in October have revealed that 98 percent of inmates living with HIV in Gauteng are on antiretroviral treatment.

The department says it wants to make sure that even former detainees remain on treatment once they leave the prison.

Gauteng officials say with all the developments made around HIV and AIDS in prisons, they are still struggling to ensure that all those on antiretrovirals continue treatment, even after their release.

There are hopes that stronger partnerships with the health department in various municipalities will see improvements in the monitoring and evaluation of former inmates.

Officials say the numbers of AIDS-related deaths among have decreased as stigma levels gradually decline and more people received treatment.

On Tuesday, the Correctional Services Department gave journalists an unprecedented tour of its Kgosi Mampuru Prison, including its wellness centre where HIV-infected inmates are treated.

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