South Africans urged to take responsibility in fight against HIV/Aids

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans must take personal & collective responsibility in the fight against HIV/Aids.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered an address during a World Aids Day event in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, on 1 December 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans must take personal and collective responsibility in the fight against HIV/Aids as this is the only way to tackle the scourge of new infections.

Ramaphosa was speaking at a World Aids Day commemoration event in Daveyton, where he was joined by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

The deputy president says he’s concerned about statistics that show 1,000 people in the country are infected with HIV every day.

“We need to act now. If we don’t act to reduce new HIV infections, the lives of more South Africans will be put at risk.”

Ramaphosa says working as a team, South Africans have the means to end HIV and Tuberculosis (TB).

“Although the challenges are daunting, we must not be overwhelmed.”

The South African National Aids Council (Sanac) says the high rate of infections among young women between the ages of 14 and 25 remains a key concern.

It says there are at least 2,000 new infections among girls between 15 and 24 per week.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)