Disconnect between HIV/Aids policy and reality of those living with the illness

A disconnect between policy implementation and the reality of those living with the illness is indicative of the long road ahead in eradicating HIV/Aids.

Over 18 000 delegates are deliberating the way forward at the International Aids Conference, which started in Durban on Monday.

702's John Robbie spoke to chairperson of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Nkhensani Mavasa, regarding the matter. Mavasa is living with HIV and addressed delegates at the conference with a thought-provoking speech.

She said the stigma against LGBTIQ community in various African countries remains an area of concern in aims to eradicating the illness.

Listen to the interview below:

It is not yet the time to talk about the end to Aids because the reality on the ground is not linked to what people are saying at the international and national level.

Nkhensani Mavasa, Treatment Action Campaign chairperson

The TAC has played a key role in putting pressure on President Thabo Mbeki's government to make anti-retroviral treatment (ARVs) available for millions of South Africans.


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