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Ramaphosa: Addressing stigma of HIV/Aids will be amplified by govt

The deputy president says government will spend R135 million on SA’s HIV/Aids vaccine trial roll out.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says addressing the stigma around HIV/Aids will be amplified by government.

In his capacity as the leader of government business, Ramaphosa addressed members of Parliament in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday, where he outlined efforts by government in tackling the HIV/Aids pandemic in the country.

Ramaphosa says R135 million will be spent on the country's HIV/Aids vaccine trial roll out.

He adds the country should remain focused on defeating the pandemic and preventing new infections.

“South Africa cannot afford to wait for the results of this trial. There is work to be done right now, we need to intensify our work efforts and expand our treatment programmes. We need to act with a good measure of urgency.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)