South Africa Implements New HIV/AIDS Strategy
April 19, 2010
South African president Jacob Zuma may seem like an unlikely advocate for HIV prevention. Earlier this year it was revealed that he had fathered a child out of wedlock, even though he has three wives (and a new fiancĂ©, who is not the mother either). And before he was acquitted in 2006 of raping an HIV-positive woman, he said he hadn't used protection during sex, choosing instead to shower in a misguided attempt to ward off HIV.
But despite his controversial personal life, Zuma is at the helm of South Africa's shift to an ambitious new AIDS-prevention-and-treatment plan.
On December 1, 2009, he announced that the country would be scaling up its fight against AIDS in order to meet the goals of its national strategic plan: to reduce the rate of infection by 50 percent by 2011 and to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to 80 percent of those in need. South Africa intends to expand the pool of HIV-positive people eligible for treatment, offer comprehensive HIV services at all health facilities, and increase access to HIV-counseling-and-testing services.View Full Article
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