Durban initiative to reduce the rate of new HIV infections

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eThekwini has become the first city in the province to launch the HIV/AIDS, TB and STI Behavioural Campaign Programme.

The programme aims to address challenges relating to HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs among young people. 

According to the eThekwini Municipality, this initiative stems from the fact that many patients have discontinued their treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, an increase in new HIV infections has been noted. This was prevalent among adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24.

eThekwini (Durban)) Mayor, Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, and KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu officially launched the programme at the Cato Crest Community Hall on 5 October 2021.

The launch started with the visiting government and non-governmental facilities dealing with HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs.

Mayor Kaunda pleaded with young people to use these facilities to protect themselves and encouraged those infected with HIV to start their treatment.

“We want to nip new infections in the bud and increase our efforts to track defaulters and get them back on treatment. eThekwini is the epicentre of HIV in the province but we have seen a decrease in the number of people on antiretroviral treatment.”

Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda

He added that the programme is one of the ways government wants to accelerate their programme of providing post-exposure prophylaxis in all health facilities and Thuthuzela Centres.

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