Over four million South Africans on ARV’s : UNAIDS

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UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, has launched a report in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats which shows that 4.2 million people in South Africa have access to anti-retroviral treatment.

South Africa has an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV.

Sedibe says the country also has an estimated 270 000 new infections each year. He says about 2000 girls and women aged between 15 and 24 get infected weekly.

“This report will be a defining moment in our fight, it’s not about pills, it’s about restoring dignity of our people and how we continue to respect the life those left, rights will never be realized without the mobilisation of the  communities.”

Health Minister, Aaron Motsaloaledi, says the country is strengthening its fight against HIV. Speaking in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats during the launch of a UNAIDS report on HIV, Motsoaledi says they’ll be implementing a fixed-dose combination of ARV’s in April next year.


“We are not doing something extremely new , out of the combination of three we are taking one out to replace it with a new drug call Dolutegravir. It’s a new fixed dose combination of three. The combination has fewer side effects, more effective. We are going to save R11 billion in South Africa over the next six years.”