Promoting HIV awareness, testing among young people
The community of Velddrif in Western Cape in South Africa commemorated World AIDS day with a particular focus on raising awareness on HIV among young people. The country is making significant progress in scaling up HIV testing and increasing viral suppression in patients receiving treatment. However, particularly concerning are the high rates of new HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24, with an estimated one-thousand-five-hundred acquiring HIV every week. At the AIDS day event last week, Jane Rabothata spoke to Patricia Mandlana, a facility based councilor at Velddif clinic about efforts to prevent new infections and promote testing among young people.