The 2013 South African Global AIDS Report shows that South Africa is not making the expected progress in the reduction of HIV infections.The report launched on Tuesday by the Social Development Department has found that HIV and AIDS in women is still widely linked with gender base violence.
The report aims at addressing the reduction of women’s vulnerability to the epidemic.
The Social Development Department delegation visited Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape to investigate the problem and seek solutions. It found that good cultural practices such as virginity testing can help fight the HIV and AIDS scourge.
Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, says they visited some areas in the Eastern Cape, where they found that through cultural practices, gender based violence together with HIV and Aids were not as prevalent due to the teachings.
The South African National Aids Council’s (SANAC) Letsike says they welcome the report and their finding that the role of culture in fighting HIV and gender based violence is paramount.
She has called for a robust intervention in addressing the epidemic on all women.
Tuesday 17 March 2015. By Phumzile Mlangeni
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