South African AIDS Conference 2019.

South Africa has committed to reinvigorating the response to the HIV/Aids epidemic, as announced at the country’s ninth Aids conference. The message formed part of the closing plenary at the four-day conference, which heard much about how “donor fatigue” and societal complacency had hampered the fight against the disease. The 2019 conference confirmed that: About 7.9 million people in South Africa were currently living with HIV; over 4.4 million people in South Africa were on treatment. While the incidence was declining, new infections among youth – particularly adolescent girls and young women – remained persistently high and progress towards the 2030 global epidemic control targets was not adequate, among other things.
On the line we are joined by:
• Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia is the Chief Executive Officer at the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme.
• Professor Khangelani Zuma is the Executive Director: HIV/AIDS, STI’s and TB Research Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
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