'Discrimination, stigma around HIV/Aids needs to be eliminated'

Gates was speaking at the Durban ICC yesterday where he’s attending the International Aids Conference.

US businessman Bill Gates at the Aids Conference in Durban on 20 July 2016. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

DURBAN - American philanthropist and businessman Bill Gates says discrimination and stigma around HIV and Aids need to be eliminated fast as it affects all the work that has been done throughout the years to fight the pandemic.

Gates was speaking at the Durban ICC yesterday where he's attending the International Aids Conference, which South Africa is hosting for the second time since 2000.

About 18,000 delegates including politicians, policy makers, activists and celebrities are in attendance.

The conference concludes tomorrow.

Gates says the work done by all involved in the fight against the virus must never be reduced to nothing because of stigmas.

"Now as we move forward, everything we do must include effective campaigns to counter the stigma and discrimination that continue to undermine our efforts to beat this epidemic. So the final area besides the prevention and treatment, is to gain a deeper understanding of the social and cultural dynamics around this disease."

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